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HS2 Phase 2b delayed to benefit Northern Powerhouse plans

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that the bill for the second part of High Speed 2 (HS2) that will connect it to Manchester and Leeds will be delayed by a year.

The bill will now be tabled in 2020 but the government has said that this will not impact on the final completion date.

According to DfT, the bill is being paused to take account of the work under Northern Powerhouse Rail to link Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

A spokesperson for the DfT said: “In order to maximise the huge potential of HS2, it is important to make sure it takes full account of the emerging vision for the other transformative project of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“Phase 2b of the railway will connect the great cities of the North to boost jobs, housing and economic growth, and remains on track to open in 2033.

“We will update parliament as part of our consultation this autumn.”

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