transport
Government Considers Northern Slowerhouse HS2 Redesign for Top Bits

The government's transport secretary has hinted that the decision to rubber-stamp the build of HS2 could come at a cost for the more northern sections of the line, which may end up being built to a lower spec that would reduce overall speeds. Read More >>

transport
New HS2 Report Leak Says “Pause” the Northern Bits

There's been another leak of the results of the review into HS2 and whether or not it's still or ever was a good idea and worth doing etc, this time revealing a rather lukewarm appraisal that raises the official final cost to as much as £106bn – and suggests the Phase 2b section is "paused" while benefits are reassessed. Read More >>

transport
HS2 Cost Tops £100bn in New Unofficial Estimate

The situation around the review into HS2 –  that was leaked and still hasn't been officially released – has grown more acerbic and strange, thanks to the deputy chair of the review committee deciding to go rogue and release his own conclusions. And boy are they negative. Read More >>

transport
Leaked HS2 Report Says Build it Regardless of Cost (£88bn at Least)

It's time to roll out the template for a news story about something the UK is doing taking vastly longer/costing vastly more than planned, as the report into the future of HS2 has been leaked, and you'll never guess what it says. Read More >>

transport
HS2 £22bn Over Budget and Will be at Least Five Years Late

The government has sneaked out some bad news regarding HS2 – or it might be good news depending on your opinion of the new train line – with today's transport secretary increasing the project's budget from £56bn to £88bn in today's equivalent money just like that; oh and also warning that it might be five years late. Read More >>

transport
HS2 Could Yet be Cancelled as Government Launches Full Review

The government is about to embark on some serious pretending-to-listen, as it's launched a full inquiry into the plan for HS2 – even going so far as to ask whether the rail line should be built at all. Even though plenty of stuff's already been started so we'll look pretty silly if it's all binned off now. Read More >>

transport
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 >>

transport
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 >>

transport
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 >>

transport
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 >>

architecture
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 >>

transport
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 >>

transport
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 >>

architecture
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 >>

transport
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 >>