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Get's the go ahead ten years after being dreamed up and now with projected costs out of control.   Whilst I'm not particularly opposed, certainly not by the largely Nimby opposition along the route, I am suspicious of the motivation - IE: is it meant to bring wealth dispersal to the North or merely act as an efficient hoover for labour from the North ?   In terms of time scale, I think completion will take until 2040,  and I caught a glimpse of one JCB operating on the Birmingham site; contrast this with the Chinese building two thousand bed hospitals within a month !   But if HMG really do want to "level up"  and "rebalance" the UK,  imo it will require a political dispersal of power from London to the North, not just economic.

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