HS2 trains would link east and west across northern England as part of proposals for a fully integrated high-speed rail network.
New plans have undergone a government-backed review that plans to manage HS2 services through a tunnel under Manchester before crossing the Pennines to Bradford, Leeds, York and Newcastle. It would combine plans for HS2 with the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail project, designed to improve long distance connections between the Pennines.
It could cut billions at the cost of HS2 allowing the government to cancel or postpone the eastern section of the north-south line between Birmingham, East Midlands and Leeds in favor of upgrading the existing railway lines.
The government is under pressure to reduce HS2, which is expected to cost well beyond