Business leaders react to reports that HS2’s northern leg to be cut

Business leaders across the North West have reacted to reports that the Prime Minister is on the verge of scrapping HS2’s northern leg.
Rishi Sunak is expected to cut the route from Birmingham to Manchester because of increasing costs.
It has been suggested that an announcement will be made before the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
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Clare Hayward ,interim chair of the NP11 and chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “A thriving economy relies on world-class connectivity and other countries are investing heavily in their infrastructure and high-speed rail connections to accelerate growth and embrace opportunity. HS2 represents the opportunity to invest and build for the future, developing a modern rail network that functions effectively, and improves connectivity and capacity across the North, and supports our go …