This week saw the Government announce that it will back the whole of the £55.7bn HS2, including links to Manchester and Leeds.
On top of this news, Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, also announced that construction work will begin in the first half of next year.
In a statement made by Chris Grayling, national and regional economies and capacity were the main points that led the Government to make this decision, saying: “We need it for the boost it will give to our regional and national economies. And we need it for the jobs it will create, and for the way it will link our country together.”
It is thought that the first phase, between London and Birmingham is due to be up and running by 2026 and a decision on phase two, the route to Manchester and Leeds will be taken in the Autumn.
Theresa May also spoke about the topic saying that big and sometimes controversial decisions need to be taken on infrastructure. This statement got people talking about if this was a hint that Heathrow will get the go-ahead for expansion, which a decision will be revealed in the coming weeks.
For a lot of people, including Green Party’s co-leader, Caroline Lucas, this project is thought to be an overpriced diversion, but we want to hear what you think. Is it money well spent or do you agree that it is an overpriced diversion?
One point that can’t be argued against is the large number of jobs it will create during and after the project is completed, but the real question is, do we have the number of skilled professionals available to finish this project on time and within budget?