A drastic cost-cutting exercise could also see it end at Old Oak Common in the capital’s western suburbs rather than reach its centre. Andy Street, the Tory mayor of the West Midlands, is among the critics of scaling back the project, while London mayor Sadiq Khan warned it could make the UK a “laughing stock”. (PA Graphics)He also stressed that transport links in the North need to be improved between and within cities, as critics say axing the full HS2 project would jeopardise the levelling up project. “So I am arguing with Government: ‘Don’t stop at Old Oak Common. And he argued that the southern terminal being Old Oak Common instead of Euston London would leave HS2 as a “white elephant”.
Source: The Times October 01, 2023 21:24 UTC