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HFS To the high speed rail network that is supposed supposed to link the The British capital London with cities in the north in order to improve well improve everything. Basically many other western countries do this without without blinking. An eye and without going over budget h us to just seems to be one after another so it's been top story in the UK all this week and was rumbling rumbling around last week as well to be fair. It is Europe's largest current infrastructure project. As you said to link London to Birmingham and then to look at the top linking Manchester and Leeds as well it has been making headlines and yet again so ridgely started out something like thirty three billion pounds then it got up to about fifty billion pounds. Only about four years ago we found out earlier in one thousand nine hundred nine it could cost eighty billion pounds. Now we discovered could cost well over one hundred billion pounds so the National Audit Office which is sort of the government spending watchdog has looked. Did this come out and been really. Quite critical of the government essentially said the government the Department of Transport has has completely underestimated the costs. Well of of course they underestimated the costs. We kind of know that because the cost is tripled. I mean it's sort of leads to allegations you know. It was priced cheaply at the start to get political backing voter approval for it but having said that you know it is a quite a sophisticated project it and it's not all about high speed it's also about just increasing the capacity of this line and you said comparing to other the European high-speed routes and again this is this again. This is a very sophisticated line. Where apparently we're planning eighteen trains per hour whereas lowest of the lines in Europe typically between two and six trains per hour? So what is now the political dimension of this is Boris Johnson. New Prime Minister who won because of the backing of traditionally labour supporting places in the north of England which. HFS Do is supposed to help. Hey he now has the unenviable decision of deciding whether to keep going with H. S.. Two and he probably politically has little choice given given But of course then there's GonNa be lots of criticism about is this a waste of taxpayers money given how expensive it it isn't like don't believe one hundred and six billion pounds. The last estimate of this could you know given the project isn't supposed to complete until twenty forty on the project. I imagine we'll go up again so politically. It's going to be difficult for him to back away reform but there'll be plenty in his own party. Who are questioning if this is a sensible use of taxpayers money?