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The waiting room: is there a future for HS2?

Britain’s journey to high-speed rail travel has been costly, complex and steeped in denial. Now HS2 has been put on hold. Should it be saved?

A costly folly—or a vital infrastructure project? The inside story of HS2. Photo: Prospect composite

This summer, I took the 9.23am Virgin Trains peak service from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, calling at Coventry and Birmingham International. Euston is set off from a main, trafficky road behind a square of plane trees and a park obscured by long stretches of construction hoardings. I walked past large yellow signs: “No Pedestrian Access to Melton Street or Euston Road.” At the bottom of the hoarding was printed the reason:…

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