From our Swindon correspondent:
From the Birmingham Mail
It has issued a notice to proceed to the companies that will build the high speed railway.
HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson said: “While the Government’s top priority is rightly to combat the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives, we cannot delay work on our long-term plan to level up the country.
“HS2 will be the spine of the country’s transport network, boosting capacity and connectivity while also re-balancing opportunity fairly across our towns and cities.
Now, at the end of this, lots of businesses that were previously reluctant to do it might reflect on it and decide that actually, this works out fine. They can cut the amount of office space they rent and people can work from laptops if they like. Maybe they can attract people from a slightly larger radius if they only have to do an hour’s commute every week.
“Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with the project, this next step provides thousands of construction workers and businesses across the country with certainty at a time when they need it, and means that work can truly begin on delivering this transformational project.”