HS2: Where do Manchester and the North-west go from here?

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Source: Ben Flatman

Rishi Sunak last month cancelled the Manchester leg of HS2. Here Ben Flatman talks to industry leaders about what the decision means for the city

Rishi Sunak’s announcement on 4 October that he was cancelling the HS2 line between Birmingham and Manchester was perceived by many observers as a critical blow to the North-west and the levelling up agenda. Both Andy Burnham and Andy Street, the mayors of the Manchester and West Midlands combined authorities, had lobbied hard to keep the project alive. But Sunak, who had never been keen on HS2 in the first place, was deaf to these last-minute pleas.

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