Fast forward six years, and now in 2012, the minority Conservative government has approved the go-ahead for phase one of a high-speed railway (HS2) between London and Birmingham, with future links to Leeds, Manchester and potentially Scotland. Phase one of HS2 project will cost £33 billion ($50.53 billion) and many have questioned its logic. A day after the approval of HS2 a report by an engineering firm, commissioned by the government, reports that HS2 offers a poor return on investment of taxpayers money. Despite the go-ahead decision, the opening date of the HS2 is projected to be sometime in 2026.
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