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HS2 not on track due to "unrealistic timetable"

28th Jun 16 10:58 am

A report by National Audit Office finds

The HS2 project has come under the spotlight for having an “unrealistic timetable”.

A report by the National Audit Office pointed out that the £56bn programme is not likely to be completed by 2026.

“HS2 is a large, complex and ambitious programme which is facing cost and time pressures,” said Amyas Morse, head of the NAO.

“The unrealistic timetable set for HS2 Ltd by the Department [for Transport] means they are not as ready to deliver as they hoped to be at this point.

“The Department now needs to get the project working to a timescale that is achievable.”

The first phase of HS2, linking London and the West Midlands, is due to be completed in 10 years’ time while the next section, running to Crewe, is due to open in 2027.

The project is currently being considered by the House of Lords.

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