HS2 chief forced to defend project amid new claims

ITV News reports on IEA research

Plans for High Speed 2 took a blow today as they were attacked on both financial and environmental grounds.

A report by the Institute for Economic Affairs suggested that the cost of the project is likely to double official estimates, reaching £80 billion.

The charity Campaign for Rural England also said it believes half a million people - including some living 40 miles from the planned route - would be affected by the construction.

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