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HS2 go-ahead controversial and difficult, admits Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the controversial HS2 high-speed rail link will be built.The first phase of the route will travel between London and Birmingham, with a second phase going to Manchester and Leeds."It has been a controversial and difficult decision," Mr Johnson said.The prime minister added he was going to appoint a full-time minister to oversee the project and criticised the HS2 company's management of the scheme."I cannot say that HS2 limited has distinguished itself in the handling of local communities. The cost forecasts have exploded, but poor management to date has not detracted from the fundamental value of the project."The prime minister added that a series of measures will be taken to "restore ...