DfT says cost of completing HS2 phase to Birmingham will be up to £54bn


Rail minister says price will be lower than delivery company’s latest estimate

Completing the first and now only phase of HS2 will cost between £45bn and £54bn, according to the rail minister.

In his latest six-monthly update to parliament, Huw Merriman outlined the cost pressures that led the government to abandon later phases of the scheme and explained why the Department for Transport (DfT) priced the completed route between London and Birmingham below the latest estimate provided by the company charged with delivering the scheme.

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