The HS2 should go ahead to the full extent, according to the leaked Oakervee review seen by The Times.
The review into the feasibility of HS2 was undertaken by former HS2 chair Doug Oakervee, assessing all factors of the project.
The Times reports that the review will recommend the government to continue with the project, but with a revised budget of £88bn, instead of the £56bn originally set in the 2015 government spending review.
It says, that without HS2, there would be ‘large ticket price rises’ to discourage peak travel.
It is understood that the review has not been shown to the government and the review team had been due to publish a report in the autumn. The Prime Minister and his government had sought to wait until publishing the report in the New Year in case it impacts on the General Election.
Most recently, HS2 has released videos to demonstrate how it will significantly improve capacity on the mainlines linking the North and South through providing more local and regional services freed up by moving long distance services onto the HS2 line.
You can read the comprehensive analysis completed by The Times here.