Leaked HS2 review 'backs construction of line in full'

Reports that a leaked draft of a review into the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project has said the government should proceed with the full line from London to Leeds and Manchester "despite the potential for further cost increases" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times  (subscription) reports that "Douglas Oakervee, who was commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to assess the project, known as HS2, has suggested that cost savings could be found by cutting the number of trains per hour from a maximum of 18 to 14". It adds that "Oakervee has rejected the idea of cutting back the eastern leg of the £88bn project’s second phase, from Birmingham to Leeds, which was discussed by the 10-person panel advising the review."

The Times (subscription) reports that "Donald Trump’s golf course company has been ordered to pay £225,000 to the Scottish government after a court battle over a wind farm". The paper says the US president, "who has claimed that wind farms destroy tourism, mounted a challenge against the Swedish power company Vattenfall’s plans for an 11-turbine scheme off the Aberdeenshire coast, claiming it would spoil the view from his Balmedie golf course". But it adds that "almost four years after his case was dismissed at the UK Supreme Court, Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd has been told to pay £225,000 in legal fees".

The Times reports that "Sir Alex Ferguson has won a fight to stop a large three-storey house being built next door to his home". The paper says the former Manchester United manager who lives in a £2.3 million house in Wilmslow, Cheshire, objected "in the strongest terms" to plans for the new property, which he claimed was too big and poorly designed.

The Telegraph reports that a businessman "has proposed an ambitious £1.5bn scheme to build a six mile relief road on reclaimed land in the Humber estuary," encircling Hull. The paper says that the scheme "would transform Hull’s waterfront, protecting it from flooding, reducing traffic congestion and harnessing the economic benefits of the North Sea green energy revival by creating a vast new port area safe from tides and waves". But the paper adds that "finding funding for a project of this scale will undoubtedly be a challenge"


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