A decision is expected this month on the HS2 / HS3 link across Cheshire

13 October 2021

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is the United Kingdom government's centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects. It says HS2 phase 2b is not deliverable. They say:

"There are major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality and/or benefits delivery, which at this stage do not appear to be manageable or resolvable. The project may need re-scoping and/or its overall viability reassessed."

Of the 34 infrastructure and construction projects measured, five were classified as red meaning successful delivery of the project, in terms of time and budget, appears to be unachievable.

The future of the UK’s major rail projects including High Speed 2 (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been hanging in the balance for much of 2021. Delays to the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan – first slated for ‘Early 2021’ – have dampened enthusiasm about the government’s promise of an ‘Infrastructure Revolution’. But the wait is almost over.

After months of delays and rumour about its content, the Plan will be published this month. As previously revealed by NCE, the Integrated Rail Plan has long been earmarked by DfT officials to be published alongside the Spending Review announcement on October 27.

Watch the video created by Mid Cheshire Against HS2.

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