House of Lords Suggests a Cheaper, Slower HS2

A House of Lords committee having another of those long and hard looks at HS2 has warned that costs are already out of control, and says the government should admit as much and come up with some alternative plans to reign in spending. Read More >>

HS2’s Already Burned £600m on Buying Houses and Gardens to Flatten Out

The HS2 rail project has been busy handing out the money to smooth its passage through the country, with the first wave of land purchases along the proposed route costing the line, and therefore the nation, around £600m. Read More >>

HS2 Has Already Spent £5.5bn

Developers of HS2 have already managed to spend £5.5bn on the next big thing in UK railways, and that's before any of the important work is done like... the building of the railway. And the... getting of the trains. And the... construction of the stations. Read More >>

Government Sources Say Cancelling HS2 is Still an Option

A Channel 4 hatchet job on the HS2 project is set to air tonight, with the Dispatches team quoting sources within the government who warn that the cost may soon be considered so high that the entire thing may be binned – or perhaps terminated once the first stretch of the new rail line reaches Birmingham. HS 0.5 they could call that. Read More >>

HS2’s First London Building is a Mystery Cube

The only way we'll see inside this HS2 building is by either working for the company or relying on the breaking and entering skills of a dick on YouTube, as it's not a station. It won't sell coffee or pasties. It's a vent. A lovely new vent. Read More >>

Whistleblowers Say HS2 Bosses Misled the Government on Costs

Panorama is about to give HS2 a bit of a kicking on the BBC tonight, as it's secured the services of a couple of former staff members prepared to go on the record to say that the costs of the new high-speed line were amateurishly estimated, to such an extent that the process was tantamount to misleading the government. Read More >>

45,000 Dead People Rehoused to Make Room for HS2

Archaeologists are starting a grim job on the future site of the expanded HS2 terminal at London Euston station, as before any flash new buildings go up some dirty olden days work needs to be done. Project bosses anticipate that around 45,000 skeletons from a historical burial site must be removed, as you can't leave them there and end up with a haunted terminus. Read More >>

HS2 Reveals Designs for Birmingham’s Rebuilt Curzon Street

The remnants of Birmingham's once mighty Curzon Street station are being reconnected to the nation by HS2, and the rail planners and their architects have revealed what it'll all look like, should HS2 seriously actually happen for real. Read More >>

HS2 is Already Transporting Gravy to Staff Troughs

Outrage has been sparked by HS2, and it hasn't even got so far as cancelling services and laying on replacement buses for an entire bank holiday weekend. This outrage is to do with staff salaries, with data showing that a significant chunk of its current staff are already staggering under the weight of all the money they're taking home in the boots of their Audis. Read More >>

Chinese Rail Giants Tipped to Win HS2 Operator Contract

The two Chinese entrants on the HS2 operator bids shortlist are likely to win, according to sources, not just because they're the best and have the deepest, state-backed pockets, but also due to the UK's rail franchises not exactly filling everyone with confidence. Read More >>

HS2 Cost Rises by £2m to Buy Trees

The government is putting another couple of million into the cash pile that's to pay for HS2, with a plan to build what it calls a "Green Corridor" along parts of the line seeing the planting of millions of trees. Read More >>

First Potential HS2 Architecture Revealed

They really do seem to be serious about building that new chunk of high-speed train track in the UK, with today seeing a key component of the line revealed in the form of concept images of what the 3.4km Colne Valley viaduct might look like. Read More >>

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Bear Grylls Theme Park Clashes With HS2

Yes, there really is a theme park being built based around Bear Grylls, in which attendees get to pay probably loads of money to have extreme outdoors adventures in a safe, captive environment, with a cafe for afterwards and t-shirts and knives and fire-starting kits for sale in the shop. It's being built by Alton Towers owner Merlin, but that's not why we've gathered you here around these screens. Read More >>

HS2’s Trains May be Built in Britain

The government has revealed the shortlist of manufacturers that want to build the trains that'll be smashing it along HS2's tracks at some point further into the future than anyone can currently imagine, with Derby-based builder Bombardier in the running. Read More >>

Sheffield Left Off New HS2 Route Plans

The new route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line has been unveiled by the government, with HS2 set to run from Crewe to Manchester and connect the West Midlands to Leeds. Read More >>