HS2 accused of cutting costs in north by stripping out tunnels
Campaigners claim company is dumping costs from first phase of route in south of England on to northern section
HS2 has been accused of cutting costs on the northern leg of its route in order to make up for overspending in the south, after it was revealed that only 2% of the Yorkshire line is to be built in tunnels, compared with nearly 30% of its track from London to Birmingham.
Documents show that 29% of the 140 miles (225km) of new high-speed railway from the capital to the West Midlands will be put in tunnels, to avoid disruption to communities and the landscape. In contrast, only 2% of the 123 miles of new track running through Yorkshire, from the West Midlands to Leeds – the latest phase of the rail line to be planned – will run underground.
Source: Guardian Transport