HS2 to go ahead, Boris Johnson tells MPs

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Government backs high-speed rail line despite spiralling costs that could top £100bn

Boris Johnson’s cabinet has given its approval for the whole of the HS2 high-speed train line to go ahead, with work expected to start within weeks.

The prime minister announced his decision to the House of Commons, saying the government believed it should proceed despite spiralling costs that could top £100bn.

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