Eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds scrapped, transport secretary confirms | Business News

The eastern leg of HS2 has been scrapped and plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail have been downgraded, Grant Shapps has confirmed.

Announcing the government’s new Integrated Rail Plan for the north and Midlands in the Commons, the transport secretary told MPs the eastern leg of HS2 will no longer go all the way to Leeds.

It will instead stop in the East Midlands near Nottingham.

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Plans for HS2 were originally meant to connect London with the city centres of Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.

Reacting to the announcement, Labour’s shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said most of the £96bn rail investment Mr Shapps confirmed is not “new money” and therefore amounts to “crumbs off the table”.

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