LIVE: HS2 updates as protest held in Manchester and latest reports suggest northern leg will be SCRAPPED

Rishi Sunak is dealing with strain to announce his resolution on HS2 after reports the Prime Minister has determined to scrap the leg to Manchester. Labour councillors and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham have gathered for a protest on the Central Library this night (Tuesday) to make their emotions clear.

It comes amid reports the northern leg WILL be scrapped. The HS2 line will cease at Birmingham, the place trains will proceed to Manchester on the prevailing West Coast Mainline observe, Sky News is reporting. The outlet stated the road will begin in central London at Euston, somewhat than Old Oak Common, however between Birmingham and Manchester, trains will not be high-speed.

Mr Burnham tweeted: “So, in other words, HS2 won’t go to Manchester and people in the North will be treated as second-class citizens – again? What a disgrace.”

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On Tuesday morning, Mr Sunak refused to substantiate he will scrap the northern part of the rail-line, regardless of widespread reports the federal government had determined to tug the plug on the venture with a Cabinet assembly to be held in Manchester forward of the announcement.

The PM, who stays in Manchester right now for the Conservative get together convention, might use his set-piece speech on Wednesday to announce the choice. There are reports he will say the cash that may have been spent on HS2 will as a substitute be diverted to different initiatives for the north.

But chatting with the BBC this morning (October 3), Mr Sunak refused to substantiate whether or not the HS2 line from Birmingham to Manchester would be scrapped.

He stated: “I know there’s a lot of speculation on HS2. All I would say is the way I approach this job, I take a look at the facts, I take my time to get the decision right on behalf of the country – whatever it might be – and that’s what I’ll do with this, as I do with everything else.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Manchester(Image: Getty Images)

Asked whether or not he had given up on HS2, the Prime Minister stated: “Absolutely not. We have got spades on the ground on HS2 as we speak and we’re getting on and delivering it. But it’s not the only thing we’re doing to help spread opportunity and level up around the country.”

However, Mr Sunak is dealing with a backlash from Tories, companies and northern leaders, together with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. The Tory mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, additionally made an impassioned last-ditch enchantment to Mr Sunak to not cancel the link between Birmingham and Manchester.

And Bev Craig, chief of Manchester Council, stated the reported resolution to cancel HS2 is an try and ’embarrass’ the town.

She and Mr Burnham condemned the choice, insisting that HS2 and the brand new East-West Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line should be constructed ‘in full’.

“They are searching for to embarrass our metropolis by making choices about us with out the decency to even speak to us. This isn’t about who you choose, It’s about the way you do politics and make choices and the way you run a rustic,” she stated.

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For it to be determined in the best way it’s being determined is ‘disgraceful’, Mr Burnham says. “Do not pull the plug on this city while you are in this city,” he provides. “Do not pull the plug on the North of England.”

‘Do not pull the plug’

Andy Burnham says that if media reports are to be believed tonight, that may be a press release to the North of England that they’re ‘second class residents with regards to transport’.

“We are here to say to the PM, meeting just yards from where we are now, that he must hear the voice of people in Manchester but also businesses saying ‘do not pull the plug’.”

‘Let down once more’

“Our city has been let down again,” Coun Craig says. “This isn’t just about Manchester. This is about the North.”

Mr Burnham and Coun Craig converse

Mr Burnham and Coun Craig with Labour councillors in Manchester(Image: M.E.N.)

Mayor and council chief anticipated imminently

Andy Burnham anticipated to talk at Central Library quickly

Worth ready for ‘element’ on HS2 – Zahawi

Former minister Nadhim Zahawi is then requested about the way forward for high-speed rail, as questions stay about the way forward for the northern leg.

Asked in regards to the state of affairs, Mr Zahawi urged Britons to attend for the ‘element’. “It’s worth waiting for the detail, the thing to remember is that we have invested £33bn in rail in the North of England,” he stated.

“It’s important to remember also that the world has changed since the pandemic hit us – and the working habits of people have changed.”

He stated that with this in thoughts, it’s ‘proper’ to look at the way forward for a venture which will reportedly value near £100bn.

‘What a shame’

Andy Burnham has tweeted: “So, in other words, HS2 won’t go to Manchester and people in the North will be treated as second-class citizens – again? What a disgrace.”

Latest airport assertion

Ken O’Toole, MAG CEO stated:

It would be incorrect of the Prime Minister to desert the commitments the Government has made to ship HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) – the North wants higher connectivity to drive its economic system ahead.

For greater than a decade, the Government has instructed the nation that rebalancing the economic system is one in every of its prime priorities. It offered the nation its imaginative and prescient for a brand new industrial revolution in the North, with high-value industries competing on the worldwide stage and creating jobs and prosperity for everybody who lives and works there.

It painted an image of a super-connected North, the place folks and companies in all elements of the area might realise their ambitions. It empowered the North to develop the plan that may unleash its potential and repeatedly backed HS2 and NPR as the initiatives that may do exactly that.

During that point, the North’s development and productiveness has been stifled by outdated rail infrastructure, however folks have been reassured that the blueprint for its vivid and affluent future was being superior.

The UK wants a daring and bold plan for unlocking the potential of the North and rebalancing the nationwide economic system. That plan ought to combine a contemporary rail community with the worldwide connectivity offered by Manchester Airport. We name on authorities to work with enterprise and political leaders to make sure that imaginative and prescient is delivered.

If that linked transport community isn’t delivered, then greater than a decade of laying the foundations for the North’s future will have been wasted, and folks and companies of the area would understandably really feel let down and misled.

More on these rising reports

Manchester will not get a brand new HS2 line, based on reports this night. Sky News has reported that the high-speed railway line will cease at Birmingham, the place trains will proceed to Manchester on the prevailing West Coast Mainline observe.

It follows weeks of hypothesis over the destiny of the second part of the multi-billion pound scheme. Ministers have repeatedly refused to substantiate whether or not HS2 line to Manchester will go forward since reports first emerged final month that the federal government was contemplating shelving the plans as a consequence of issues about spiraling prices and extreme delays.

Former Prime Ministers, regional mayors and enterprise leaders from throughout the nation have come out in help of the scheme which successive governments have dedicated to delivering since 2009.

Greater Manchester’s prime politicians have requested the Prime Minister to satisfy with them through the Conservative Party Conference which is presently being held in the town, however they are saying they haven’t obtained a response from the federal government thus far.

‘Line will go to Manchester – however from Birmingham it will run on present tracks’ – reports

A line will run to Manchester, but it surely will NOT be excessive velocity, Sky News is reporting this night.

The rail line will cease in our metropolis, however from Birmingham it will ‘change to make use of present West Coast Mainline observe’, the outlet is reporting.

If true, that successfully confirms hypothesis the northern leg of HS2 has been scrapped. Sky reports it understands HS2 will begin at Euston, somewhat than Old Oak Common.


Our Northern Agenda editor Rob Parsons, political reporter Joseph Timan and reporter Ethan Davies have recorded a podcast from Manchester Central Library – it is a Conservative Party Conference particular.

Expect HS2 debate, levelling-up money and extra.

Click HERE to hear.

Protest this night

A protest is due this night, a councillor has stated. Pat Karney tweeted: “Eve of HS2 resolution tomorrow. All Manchester’s Labour councillors have been summoned to the steps of Central Library tonight to listen to Bev Craigh and Andy Burnham.

“We will have 15 hours to cease the betrayal of Manchester and the North. Talk to Bev and Andy. Or go away our metropolis.”

PM tries to maintain convention on observe

Rishi Sunak has struggled to maintain his Tory convention on observe as rows continued over HS2 and an elected Conservative politician was thrown out for heckling the Home Secretary over gender points.

The Prime Minister repeatedly ducked questions in regards to the HS2 line from Birmingham to Manchester amid widespread expectation he will cancel it as a consequence of spiralling prices.

The Tory mayor for the West Midlands, Andy Street, stated scrapping the scheme whereas holding a convention in Manchester would be “an incredible political gaffe”.

In the run-up to an election anticipated subsequent yr, Mr Street stated it might give Labour the chance to assert Mr Sunak had determined to “shaft the north”.

Lack of certainty ‘deeply worrying’, say Cheshire council leaders

In a joint assertion, the chief and deputy chief of Cheshire East Council, councillors Sam Corcoran and Craig Browne, stated right now: “Continued hypothesis round the way forward for HS2 north of Birmingham and Northern Powerhouse Rail is deeply worrying – notably as we’re but to obtain a reply from the Prime Minister to our letter despatched final week, which known as for an pressing assembly earlier than any resolution is made on this important rail infrastructure.

“The lack of communication from Government with native stakeholders isn’t acceptable, and the continued hypothesis has ramifications for Cheshire East and its plans, the broader area, and our communities.

“It is making long-term strategic infrastructure planning inconceivable, and eroding enterprise confidence to take a position.

“We will proceed to observe and make enquiries in regards to the present place of HS2 to Crewe and Manchester and work with our companions throughout the North to hunt solutions from Government.

“We stay clear in our place that delivering Phase 2a and 2b of HS2 in full, as deliberate, is vital to unlocking the North’s full financial potential and making certain that the intense capability points throughout the northern rail community are addressed.”

Alternative plans would not be ample, says Andy Street

Andy Street, the Conservative West Midlands mayor, stated any different infrastructure proposals wouldn’t be ample to interchange HS2 to Manchester.

Mr Street stated: “It’s not a substitute for HS2.

“Yes, each one in every of our metropolis areas has obtained to show its productiveness by higher connectivity inside it, however that isn’t what HS2 is about.”

He stated HS2 is designed to drive connectivity throughout the entire nation, with “local connectivity hanging off the spine of the national transport structure” after.

Tory mayor for West Midlands admits axing Manchester leg would be ‘unimaginable political gaffe’

Andy Street, the Conservative West Midlands mayor, has blamed Rishi Sunak for permitting his opponents to accuse him of performing to “shaft the North” by getting ready to curtail HS2.

Speaking at a Tory convention fringe occasion by the Centre for Cities, Mr Street stated: “I believe they’re about to make an unimaginable political gaffe.

“Every Labour MP in the North is lining up tomorrow to say … the Tories have come to Manchester to shaft the North.

“Is that basically what we wish to provide to our opponents or is there not a greater reply?”

Transport Secretary admits ‘some folks will not like’ PM’s resolution on HS2

Transport Secretary Mark Harper stated “some people won’t like” Rishi Sunak’s resolution on HS2.

Speaking at a ConservativeHome fringe occasion, Mr Harper stated the Prime Minister would “take the time to make the decisions correctly” and “set them out in his own time and not be bounced into it by the media”.

He added: “When he has reached conclusions, he, as you noticed two weeks in the past when he did his speech about internet zero, he will set them out and he will clarify why he makes the choices that he does.

“And some folks received’t like them, and that’s OK.”

Deputy chairman says HS2 ‘is a chance’

The Conservatives controversial deputy chairman, Lee Anderson, stated he was sceptical about HS2 right now – as reports proceed to emerge that Mr Sunak will axe the northern leg of the venture.

Speaking on the Tory convention right now, the BBC reports he stated: “What is the purpose of getting a excessive velocity rail link going by way of my constituency after I’ve obtained pensioners who can’t get a bus to their docs appointment two miles away?

“HS2 is a chance and a nasty gambler will at all times maintain throwing cash at one thing.”

HS2 resolution would condemn generations to ‘cope with creaking infrastructure’

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region stated Rishi Sunak’s refusal to substantiate whether or not he will scrap the northern leg of HS2 might condemn generations of northerners to “contend with creaking infrastructure”.

Mr Rotheram stated: “After weeks of hypothesis we aren’t any nearer to understanding what the Prime Minister’s plans for rail infrastructure in the north appear to be. Far from constructing the Northern Powerhouse, he’s turning us into the Northern Powerless!

“It’s clear from the weeks of presidency briefings that it’s a case of when, not if, Rishi Sunak breaks the Conservatives’ guarantees on HS2 – with none session or a single dialog with the folks it impacts.

“What message does this ship? That folks in the North are value lower than folks in the South? That the UK isn’t a critical place to take a position or do enterprise? That the Tories merely don’t care about Victorian infrastructure holding again alternatives for financial development throughout the north from Liverpool to Hull?”

He added: “We are being provided a false selection between HS2 and NPR and phony guarantees of jam tomorrow. A fake choice between both funding in nationwide infrastructure, or unspecified funding into native transport.

“Without the Manchester leg of HS2 there isn’t a Northern Powerhouse Rail. The Prime Minister’s selection this week will condemn hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the North to cope with creaking infrastructure for generations.”

The present HS2 route

The present HS2 route(Image: hs2.org.uk)

This picture reveals the present HS2 venture, extending from London to Manchester. Previously, the scheme had gone to Leeds – earlier than the federal government in 2021 scrapped that and plans for a full high-speed east-west line linking Manchester to Leeds.

Under the Prime Minister’s reported plans, the legs to the north (HS2 Phase 2a and 2b) will additionally be axed – that means the nationwide high-speed rail venture will solely go round 100 miles from London to Birmingham.

Sunak to say £36m financial savings from axing HS2 ‘will go into regional transport hyperlinks’

Reports suggest that Mr Sunak will promise the financial savings – predicted to be about £36m – from scrapping HS2 will be diverted into regional transport hyperlinks in Midlands and the North.

An expanded Northern Powerhouse Rail venture linking cities, and money for potholes and bus routes, might be introduced to sweeten the tablet of curbing the venture, the Press Association reports.

Mr Sunak, whose Richmond constituency is in North Yorkshire, stated: “I need folks all over the place to really feel that this Government is backing them… Just at this convention, we introduced a billion kilos for 55 cities throughout the UK, together with many in the North and Midlands, why?

“More folks stay in cities than in cities, they’re typically ignored by Westminster politicians… That’s me backing hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout our Midlands and northern cities with the funding and instruments they should change their communities for the higher.”

But Andy Burnham stated reports of additional initiatives “will not deliver the new east-west line promised in the last three Conservative manifestos”, including: “The North is being betrayed and people here won’t forget it.”

Tory Mayor ‘spoke with PM’ about HS2

Andy Street, the Tory mayor of the West Midlands, stated he had spoken with Rishi Sunak in regards to the “difficulty” surrounding HS2.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street(Image: WMCA)

Mr Street instructed BBC R4’s World At One programme that quite a lot of non-public sector firms together with Siemens, Arup and EY are keen to assist the Government ship the venture.

“The Prime Minister and I spoke last week about the difficulty, and I understand his difficulty and I said I would help him find a solution,” he stated.

“Hence why we’ve worked very hard in the last few days to bring forward organisations that have done this elsewhere.”

Mr Street wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not he would resign if the Birmingham to Manchester leg of the railway is scrapped.

But he added that if it was cancelled he would “put it to (Mr Sunak) that he is actually turning his back on one of the best opportunities for levelling up and critically we are turning our back on all of those investors who have invested in the Midlands and the North on the promise of this railway coming”.

Jeremy Hunt says Mayor ‘speculating’ on HS2 resolution

The Mayor of the West Midlands is “speculating” on what he thinks the choice on HS2 may be, the Chancellor has stated.

Speaking at a fringe occasion, hosted by the Centre for Policy Studies, Jeremy Hunt stated Andy Street is a “fantastic mayor”, including: “He has accomplished an unimaginable job, however he’s speculating on what he thinks a choice may be, somewhat than speaking about what the precise resolution could be, and no formal resolution has been made.

“So I don’t suppose it might be proper for me to touch upon Andy’s view of what the announcement may be.”

Plan to save lots of HS2 if Sunak scraps the Manchester leg

Andy Burnham and Northern leaders’ say they will be working to make sure the HS2 invoice isn’t ‘killed off’ in Parliament if the Prime Minister decides to scrap the Manchester leg.

In last-ditch plans to save lots of the venture, the Mayor says he will be hoping to make sure the invoice continues to be in Parliament by the point of the subsequent election – in order that Labour might full the scheme if it comes into energy.

Read extra right here.

‘This is a betrayal of Manchester and the north of England’

Politicians from throughout the North and Greater Manchester have been left livid by the leaked reports in regards to the resolution to axe HS2.

(Image: Parliament TV)

Labour Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer, a former chair of the all-party parliamentary HS2 group, instructed the M.EN: “This is a betrayal of Manchester and the north of England. The prime minister has given up governing on behalf of the entire nation and is taking short-term choices which he believes will give electoral benefit.

“HS2 would have improved the nation’s productiveness and narrowed the north-south divide. This is a disgraceful short-term resolution.”

Rochdale MP and Labour veteran Tony Lloyd tweeted: “Tory PM Sunak’s resolution to scrap, in observe, the Manchester leg of HS2 is unforgivable. London wanted the Elizabethan Line and rightly obtained it. The North wanted HS2 and has been betrayed.”

Boss of firm concerned in HS2 says scrapping Manchester leg would ‘undermine funding in UK’

On how he will really feel if Rishi Sunak confirms that the leg between Birmingham and Manchester is scrapped, Mr Reynolds, of one of many firms concerned in constructing HS2, added: “Extremely dissatisfied, in case you simply appeared on the financial profit that High Speed 2, with the entire different funding alternative that creates, there may be 17,000 jobs in the North East simply alone, 96,000 jobs in the Greater Manchester space, 16,500 houses accrued, there’s 37,000 jobs forecast, 7,000 new houses by 2043.

“It’s a kind of greatest alternatives we’ve missed in a lifetime, however truly what it does do is undermine funding in the UK, and the speak on the convention is all about development with overseas funding, however truly overseas investments aren’t going to come back if we don’t proceed to take a position in our infrastructure in order that we will create these jobs, houses and locations for folks to stay and work.”

Boss of one in every of HS2 firms says Sunak ‘dodged his query’ about plans to scrap it

The boss of one of many firms concerned in constructing HS2 has claimed the Prime Minister dodged his query on whether or not the Birmingham to Manchester leg of the high-speed rail line will be scrapped.

Mark Reynolds, chief govt of Mace Group, which is constructing new stations in Birmingham and at London Euston, if HS2 finally goes into central London as first deliberate, instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “When it involves High Speed 2, fairly frankly, we’re listening to nothing and all the pieces, persons are talking about hypothesis that it’s going to be cancelled, appears to be true.

“I’ve truly spoken to the Prime Minister and his adviser and he dodged the query and moved on in a short time.”

On how this made him really feel, he added: “Well, considering the amount of work and effort that’s gone in, one thing they did do was open up a channel for us to submit proposals for Euston which are below budget and ahead of programme, so hopefully that will have an impact and I know people like Andy Street has been putting a great deal of effort into making sure the Birmingham to Manchester link remains on the table, properly considered and does create that economic growth that we know High Speed 2 phase two will provide.”

PM to make HS2 resolution ‘in finest pursuits of UK’, Suella Braverman says

Suella Braverman stated the Prime Minister would decide on HS2 “in the best interests of our country”.

Speaking this morning, the Home Secretary stated Rishi Sunak is “putting the long-term interests of the British people, the British economy, ahead of everything else”.

On a go to to Bolton she instructed broadcasters: “I do know that he’s going to be making his thoughts up and making a choice for the nation in the most effective pursuits of our nation.

“He will be contemplating the entire proof, he will be contemplating the worth for cash for the British taxpayer, we’ve obtained to give attention to that.

“And any resolution that’s reached by the Government will be one which places the pursuits of the British folks first and foremost.”

WATCH: Sunak quizzed by Susanna Reid over HS2

Susanna Reid quizzes Rishi Sunak over HS2

Susanna Reid clashed with Rishi Sunak throughout a stay interview on Good Morning Britain right now.

When Susanna advised he was letting down the folks of Manchester with plans to axe HS2, he laughed and appeared awkward earlier than including: “That’s not – we’re having a good conference here in Manchester and what we just announced actually at this conference is a billion pounds for 55 towns across the country in the midlands and the north.”

Susanna doubled down on her query, the Mirror reports, asking ‘are you cancelling HS2?’ as Sunak continued to talk over her and insist their plans to take a position cash into cities throughout the nation would assist native folks probably the most.

She repeated her query, however he refused to touch upon the hypothesis. When Susanna requested if that meant he wasn’t cancelling, he simply insisted he would not be commenting on the hypothesis.

Tory Mayor has additionally appealed to the PM to not ditch northern leg

Tory mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street made an impassioned last-ditch enchantment to Mr Sunak to not cancel the link between Birmingham and Manchester.

He didn’t rule out resigning over the difficulty, and stated: “You will be turning your again on a chance to degree up – a once-in-a-generation alternative.

“You will certainly be damaging your worldwide fame as a spot to take a position.”

WATCH: Burnham reacts to HS2 reports

Andy Burnham reacts to information that HS2 leg to Manchester might be scrapped

‘Wrong on so many ranges’: Northern fury over HS2 plans

Politicians throughout Greater Manchester and the North have been left livid by the reports rising final night time.

Speaking at a ‘Centre for Cities’ fringe occasion in Manchester, Andy Burnham stated on Monday night time: “We’re nonetheless in the darkish. This is incorrect on so many ranges.

“There are conversations happening in lodge rooms a stone’s throw from the place we’re in regards to the future, principally, of the north of England and its economic system as a result of it is that essential and we’re simply shut out utterly.

“How can this be proper? How can this be justified on condition that’s it is virtually ten years since George Osborne got here to this metropolis and stated ‘you’ll get all of it’? HS2 or HS3 as he known as it on the time, platforms 15 and 16 at Piccadilly. You title it, we have been going to get it. And then Boris (Johnson) comes 5 years after that and says in entrance of Stephenson’s rocket we’re gonna (do that).

“You cannot do that may you. You cannot come and say all of that once more 5 years later when right here we’re it feels as although they’re on the point of pull the plug on all of it.

“This will be remembered, won’t it, as the conference when they came here and the pulled the plug on us. Would they do it to other parts of the country? I keep asking that. What gives them the right to treat people here in Greater Manchester and across the north as second class citizens when it comes to transport? What gives them the right to do that?”

‘Whatever occurs with HS2, the Tories have insulted Greater Manchester once more’

The Manchester Evening News’ political author, Joseph Timan, summed up the sensation throughout the area following the information leaking that the Prime Minister is ready to ditch the northern HS2 leg.

In his piece, he wrote:

Mancunians might be forgiven for feeling a little bit of déjà vu with a significant announcement about Greater Manchester seemingly leaking – introduced by journalists on social media. It all feels very Covid period.

For weeks, the way forward for one of many greatest transport initiatives affecting Greater Manchester in generations has been hanging in the steadiness. The authorities has handled the area with contempt by refusing to provide straight solutions.

Now, the destiny of HS2 could be sealed in Manchester the place the Conservatives are holding their get together convention at a former Victorian railway station in the center of the town.

This isn’t the primary time the folks of Greater Manchester have been disregarded by the federal government when it makes choices which have an effect on our lives. During the pandemic, when the federal government determined to impose tighter restrictions on the city-region with out offering the monetary help we requested for, we have been the final to search out out.

Read his full piece right here.

PM anticipated to carry Cabinet assembly to log off on ditching Manchester leg

The Prime Minister is predicted to carry an emergency Cabinet assembly to log off the measures throughout his get together convention in the town most immediately hit by the lower to HS2.

The Birmingham to London line will stay however the Manchester leg will be scrapped.

The Times reported that after intense lobbying from inside his Cabinet he will say the road to London will terminate in Euston, in central London, somewhat than the western suburb of Old Oak Common.

Sunak insists he ‘has not given up on HS2’

Asked whether or not he had given up on HS2, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak instructed the BBC: “Absolutely not.

“We have gotten spades on the bottom on HS2 as we converse and we’re getting on and delivering it.

“But it’s not the one factor we’re doing to assist unfold alternative and degree up across the nation.”

PM says HS2 prices have been ‘monumental’

Mr Sunak stated the prices of HS2 had gone “far beyond” what had been predicted and the sums concerned have been “enormous”. He refused to say he would be scrapping it regardless of bemoaning the prices, although.

He instructed Times Radio this morning: “It’s clear that the prices of this programme has escalated far past what anybody thought firstly.

“I do know there’s a number of hypothesis on it, however what I’d say is I’ll strategy this in the identical manner I strategy all the pieces in this job, I will take the time to have a look at it correctly, get throughout the element and then resolve what’s proper for the nation.

“The sums concerned are monumental and it’s proper that the Prime Minister takes correct care over it.

“It’s clearly not my cash – it’s taxpayers’ cash and we should always make the suitable choices on this stuff.”

Sunak ‘will not be pressured into untimely resolution’ on the way forward for HS2

He instructed BBC Breakfast: “I am not going to be forced into a premature decision because it is good for someone’s TV programme”

“What I wish to do is make the suitable resolution for the nation. This is a gigantic quantity of individuals’s cash, taxpayers’ cash, everyone watching, billions and billions of kilos.

“We shouldn’t be rushed into issues like that. What folks would count on from me is to take the time to go over it correctly and be sure that we make the suitable long-term choices for the nation.”

What the Prime Minister stated this morning

Rishi Sunak refused to substantiate whether or not the HS2 line from Birmingham to Manchester will be scrapped regardless of widespread hypothesis he will cancel it as a consequence of hovering prices.

The Prime Minister, in Manchester for the Conservative Party convention, stated: “I know there’s a lot of speculation on HS2. All I would say is the way I approach this job, I take a look at the facts, I take my time to get the decision right on behalf of the country – whatever it might be – and that’s what I’ll do with this, as I do with everything else.”

On BBC Breakfast he stated: “As you saw with my recent decision on net zero, when I make a decision that I think is important of course I go and explain that to everyone, explain why I’m doing what I’m doing, why I thought it was right to change direction there.”

He added: “If that happens and is necessary, of course that’s what I’ll do.”

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