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Mayor says ‘Scrap HS2’ to dismay of Cambridge campaign group

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A call for the government to scrap the controversial HS2 rail project has been branded as shortsighted by the chairman of Smarter Cambridge Transport campaign group.

Edward Leigh believes that HS2, which will link London and Birmingham to Manchester and the East Midlands and Leeds, is key to the future population and growth of Cambridgeshire.

But the project is already over budget, with many politicians fearing the final cost could be as high as £100billion. That prospect prompted calls by James Palmer, mayor of the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority, for the plan to be scrapped and the money spent on more attainable transport infrastructure goals.

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