Could election and Brexit mean HS2 project to Manchester is cancelled?


Plans to connect Manchester and the North of England to London and the Midlands with High Speed Rail could be under threat following Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap election.
Reports speculating on the contents of the Conservative election manifesto claim that the party wants to put halt to £100billion HS2 high-speed rail network to save money for Brexit and that MP’s persuaded the Prime Minister to abandon plans to build a line linking London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

It is claimed that Downing Street’s policy unit is actively considering a pause to the project being included in the Conservatives’ election manifesto.

A government source said “It is being discussed but it is by no means a done deal.”
The bill setting out the building of the first section from London to Birmingham was passed back in February while HS2 has submitted a contract notice to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), formally launching the £2.75 billion contract for the design, manufacture and maintenance of around 60 new high-speed trains.

However the second section linking Manchester and Leeds to the network has still to be given Parliamentary approval.