The biggest leap forward in Britain’s rail network since the 19th century was announced on Tuesday with a £32.7bn investment in high-speed rail linking London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
The transport secretary, Justine Greening, said the HS2 high-speed rail scheme would build critical infrastructure, providing vital capacity and faster journeys on trains carrying up to 1,100 passengers each.
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The HS2 high-speed route that was given the green light on Tuesday will cut a 200 yard-wide swath through nearly 100 miles of open countryside, adding to noise, air and visual pollution in some of Britain’s finest landscapes. But while it could provide a viable alternative to flying for millions of people and may stimulate local economies by as much as £47bn over 60 years, studies suggest it may only marginally cut carbon emissions.
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