HS2 faces parliamentary spotlight before green light goes on

A key moment in the future of Britain's high-speed rail network will be put under the spotlight today when the HS2 Hybrid report goes before parliament.

Those opposed to the £50 billion plans will have a chance to have their concerns heard by a committee of MPs.

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin has already shown tremendous confidence in the project, announcing yesterday that construction of the line, planned to run from London to Birmingham, will begin in just four months.

Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director of CBI, one of the UK’s largest business organisations said the bill was a “key milestone in delivering an important piece of national infrastructure investment.

“HS2 will tackle the looming capacity crunch on the West Coast mainline, connect some of our biggest cities and bring significant economic benefits. We would urge politicians on both sides of the House to back this important project.”