HS2 could be slower north of Birmingham to cut costs – Shapps

Transport secretary says route could be changed, resulting in lower speeds for trains

HS2 could run slower north of Birmingham in order to cut costs, Grant Shapps has said as he criticised the project’s “obsession” with cutting journey times.

The transport secretary said a review of the planned line from Birmingham to Leeds and Crewe to Manchester could lead to the route changing slightly, possibly making it less straight and therefore lowering the speed.

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