HS2 was only ever about politics. And the battle will reach the heart of No 10 | Simon Jenkins

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On the one side, the lobbyists; on the other, Boris Johnson’s closest advisers. This will be a major test of his mettle Will it be yes or no to HS2? Within the next fortnight the answer is due on whether Britain needs a fifth rail pathway to the north from London. At more than £100bn, it would be the country’s biggest peacetime infrastructure project. HS2 no longer has anything to do with trains, let alone economics, politics or the north-south balance. It is about Boris Johnson and what sort of leader he intends to be. That is why HS2 is tearing Downing Street apart. Related: Grant Shapps delays decision over HS2 rail line Continue reading...

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