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UK Opposition Grows as Proposed High-Speed Railroad Nears $65.8 Billion

Excerpt from New York Times

Aug 09, 2013 8:36 am

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The quality and speed of UK’s rail network is far behind those of its European neighbors, but spending on high-speed trains across relatively short distances seems foolish with more structural improvement needed.

— Samantha Shankman

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A proposed high-speed railroad known as HS2 is Britain’s biggest and most controversial transportation plan, a Continental-style “grand projet” meant to ease crowded trains and congested tracks, reduce automobile traffic and generate economic growth.

Supported by the three main political parties, High Speed 2 is also supposed to help rebalance Britain’s lopsided economy…

Yet as cost estimates have risen — the budget now stands at £42.6 billion, or $65.8 billion — so has opposition to the project. And some of the strongest resistance comes from the very parts of the north that HS2 is supposed to help.

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