A growing revolt of the Cabinet threatens to sink the rail link HS2.
The ministers are alarmed at the rising cost of the project and are "increasingly interested in ending the project," says a senior source.
Originally estimated at £ 33 billion, the budget is said to have risen to over £ 60 billion. Insiders to the Ministry of Finance acknowledge that the program will be added to a review of big capital projects, where the future is "fundamentally valued".
This means that the funding could be pushed or stopped. According to a recent survey, ministers fear that over a decade, HS2 will cost up to £ 6 billion a year – equal to the total maintenance budget for the existing rail network.
The ministers are alarmed at the rising cost of the project and are "increasingly interested in ending the project," says a senior source
Although the ministers publicly insist that it will continue, the Cabinet source reported increasing dissent.
HS2 opponents are said to be Theresias May Deputy David Lidington, Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Liz Truss, and Commons Chief Andrea Leadsom. "The government is concerned about the way the project is managed and how the projected costs continue to increase," the source said.
"We are not yet at the final decision to go / no-go, but the resistance is growing."
Last night, an Insider admitted to the Transportation Department that "scoping work" had been mandated to cut costs, which could include reducing the depth of cut-outs and tunnels, among other things.
The Department of Transportation said it did not know the £ 6 billion a year – this was Network Rail's annual budget for maintenance and refurbishment work.
HS2 opponents should include Theresa May's deputy David Lidington (pictured).
Channel 4's current Dispatch program investigation claims that although published national accounts show that HS2 will average £ 4.2 billion per annum over the next ten years, ministers secretly spend as much as £ 6 billion have provided each year.
This would increase expenditure to £ 64 billion – € 8 billion above the current budget and almost double the original budget of £ 33 billion in 2011. The high-level cabinet source says ministers are now "increasingly keen to end government and business plans" "Kill the money to improve the services used by millions of voters daily".
"The costs are rising so much that we have actively considered other scenarios, including the demolition of the entire project," the source said.
A Cabinet minister told the audience, "At the next Tory leadership competition, the winning candidate must have" Scrap HS2 "in his leadership manifesto – as in:" Get it Off. "
Another minister told the magazine: "The case for HS2 is and has always been nonsense – when it comes to Birmingham, there will be so many disputes about cost overruns, if any, that the second phase will not happen." The Dispatches shows Also, Ministers are considering saving money by only building the first leg of HS2, the section that leads from London to Birmingham.
A source close to Secretary of Transportation Chris Grayling insisted that the project be continued and closed all offers to cut it back. "There is no way that the route will change," the source said.
The Better Transport campaign has called on the government to invest £ 4.8 billion in the development of the rail network to help "the most disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities."
A national reopening program would initially create 33 new railways with 72 new stations, allowing 20 million rail journeys annually. Dispatches is the first interview with Professor Stephen Glaister since resigning in December as chairman of the Office of Road and Rail Watchdog.
When asked if we would regret the construction of HS2, he answers, "That's what the analysis shows. There was no big picture analysis. We just do not know if there was a better way to spend the money. "
The first phase of the high-speed rail link will be opened between London and Birmingham in December 2026 before the railroad will be extended to Crewe, Manchester and Leeds by 2033
Alistair Darling, who served as chancellor ten years ago when HS2 Limited was commissioned to build the line, informs Dispatches that the project should now be abolished.
He says, "Anyone familiar with long-term projects knows that if you spend a lot of money on a major prestigious project, the money will be sucked away from anything else you need to do. The railways are dependent on sustainable annual investments that continue decades after decades.
"The risk is that money will simply be deposited where it has to be spent on financing a project – and that will be damaging both to the country and to the country, both economically and politically."
A transportation spokesman said, "HS2 is already in progress. 7,000 people and 2,000 companies are working to build the backbone of the British rail network.
"This new railway line will be integrated into Northern Powerhouse Rail and jointly change the region."
Miss Truss oversees the annual spending review, which will set budgets for the department from 2020 onwards. She said the government must be prepared to carry out "junk white elephant" projects.
Last week, it turned out that HS2 has already spent more than £ 2 billion on buying land and property along the route. A quarter of HS2 workers reportedly had six-figure pay settlements.
HS2: The big train robbery. Broadcasts, tonight at 8 pm on Channel 4