Sunday, 3 July 2011

Boris Derails Cameron's Flagship Scheme

Only days ago David Cameron was enthusiastically promoting the coalition government's £34 billion flagship transport infrastructure project, the high speed rail link (HS2) from London to Birmingham and the north.

But now London Mayor Boris Johnson has dealt a "personal blow" to Cameron by describing the project as "perverse" and "inadequate". Boris has further demanded a commitment from the government that their proposals for HS2 would include new underground rail capacity between Euston and Victoria and has concluded that "I cannot support the current proposal".

While it may be more challenging to predict a U-turn on rails, I still believe that this is "another big headline grabbing plan which will be quietly side-lined" before it finally hits the buffers.

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