Rishi Sunak is scheduled to address the HS2 controversy in his speech to the Conservative Party conference on October 4, 2023. The HS2 project is a high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
It is one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in British history, and has been plagued by delays and cost overruns.
In recent months, there has been growing pressure on the government to scrap or scale back the HS2 project. Critics of the project argue that it is too expensive, that it will damage the environment, and that it will not deliver the economic benefits that have been promised.
Supporters of the HS2 project argue that it is essential for the UK’s economic growth and that it will help to connect the north and south of the country. They also argue that the project will create jobs and boost the construction industry.
It is unclear what Sunak will say about the HS2 project in his speech. However, it is expected that he will announce some changes to the project, in an attempt to address the concerns of critics.
Some possible changes that Sunak could announce include:
Scaling back the scope of the project by scrapping the northern leg of the line, which would run from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.
Delaying the start date of the project to give the government more time to get the project under control.
Renegotiating the contracts with the companies that are building the project in an attempt to reduce costs.
It is also possible that Sunak could announce that the government is abandoning the HS2 project altogether. However, this is considered to be unlikely, as the government has already invested billions of pounds in the project.
The outcome of Sunak’s speech will be closely watched by both supporters and opponents of the HS2 project. It is likely to have a significant impact on the future of the project.