Summit to discuss HS2 called for by unions

An emergency summit to discuss HS2 amid continued speculation about the future of the high-speed railway line has been called for.
In a joint statement, unions said stakeholders must “urgently” be brought together to help get the project back on track.
Unions called for the line to be built in its entirety, warning that axing the second leg, from Birmingham to Manchester, would undermine confidence in the UK’s ability to undertake and complete large-scale infrastructure projects.
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The statement said: “The UK already trails much of Europe when it comes to high-speed rail infrastructure. While the likes of Spain, France and Germany all have extensive high-speed rail networks, the UK has managed just 70 miles worth of track.
“We are being left behind and it’s communities across the North and the Midlands tha …