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The first phase of the UK’s long awaited high speed rail link between Birmingham and London has been given the go-ahead
HS2 took a major step forward on 23 February 2017 as Britain’s new railway successfully completed over three years of Parliamentary scrutiny to receive Royal Assent.
Construction will now begin on schedule in the spring. The launch of schemes totalling £70m for communities along the route between Birmingham and London also took place on 23 February.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Getting the go-ahead to start building HS2 is a massive boost to the UK’s future economic prosperity and a further clear signal that Britain is open for business.
“HS2 will be the world’s most advanced passenger railway and the backbone of our rail network. Royal Assent is a major step towards significantly increasing capacity on our congested railways for both passengers and freight; improving connections between the biggest cities and regions; generating jobs,