High Speed 2

Old Oak Common: this HS2 station would need extensive redesign if it were to serve as the line’s London terminus, lengthening timescales on the project. Right to left: North Pole IEP depot; platforms on the Great Western main line; HS2’s sunken platforms (under roof); Crossrail depot and yard. On the top left is the North London line from Richmond to Willesden. Courtesy HS2

Ahead of publication of the Oakervee review, the High Speed 2 paradox continues. Contractors are getting an increasing number of sites construction-ready, while at the same time efforts continue to find a way to slash scheme costs without turning HS2 into a nonsense.

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