HS2 Given Government Go-Ahead Posted on: February 10th, 2020 The Government will tomorrow announce that High Speed 2 (HS2) will be built in full – as Boris Johnson PM announces a raft of infrastructure investments. The line connecting London and Birmingham is already underway, and although the second phase of delivery which will connect the line to Manchester and Leeds via the Midlands, will be reviewed it will be built in full. It’s likely that the route to Crewe – which will go on to connect Birmingham to Manchester – will now be rolled out in the first phase of delivery. The Government may look to identify cost savings which are available. The cost has increased overtime – from an initial £56bn to a potential £106bn according to the latest independent review requested by the Government. Work is already underway on the line connecting London to Solihull and Birmingham – with thousands of jobs having been created. HS2 will be just one element of the announcement on Tuesday – with the PM also looking to “level up” the UK by investing more in regions outside of London. The North of England and the Midlands will be the key focus of this investment, and the announcements will look to feed into HS2, with upgrades to Northern Powerhouse Rail an area which is already set for a funding boost.