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HS2 East May Be Speeded Up

The eastern leg of HS2, the high-speed rail line, will go ahead, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told ChronicleLive. The section from near Birmingham via the East Midlands to Leeds and linking to the East Coast Main Line south of York, is not due to open before 2040, but a more detailed and possibly accelerated timetable may be announced in the next few months, the paper reports.