The government’s spending watchdog has claimed that no-one took full account of how complex and risky the HS2 high-speed rail project was likely to be.
As a result, in order to significantly reduce costs, the HS2 route will now run from Euston station to just outside Euston station
Chief Operating Officer, Barabus Valentine, defended the route reduction, saying, “Yes, it would obviously be preferable to have the entire populations of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds swarm down to London every single day.
“For our profits, I mean.
“But, even with a reduced range, it can still make a massive difference.
“Let’s not forget that this journey currently takes up to 10 minutes. With the new high speed trains, this is expected to be reduced to around nine and a half minutes.
“Considering that the service may be used by many tens of people, the nation’s productivity will be increased by quite a few minutes per day.”
Back in 2015, HS2 was estimated to cost £56bn. However, a leaked review suggested the total could reach £106bn.
The ridiculous amounts of money will be vastly reduced by reducing the track as suggested, with its 330-mile length reduced to a more affordable 0.05 of a mile.