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HS2 chairman looking to speed up project and cut costs

The new chairman of HS2 has pledged to deliver the high-speed rail project more cheaply, as he started the job.

Sir David Higgins told the BBC he would be reviewing the project and to see if they can "deliver benefits to the north quicker" as well as "looking at the overall cost, plan and deliverability" of the scheme.

HS2 would link Birmingham and London by 2026, with tracks to cities including Leeds and Manchester built in a second phase, to be completed by 2032-33.

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