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Boris Johnson backs HS2, UK’s $130 billion railroad plan


Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday pushed ahead with a multi decade high-speed rail project that is now expected to cost more than $130 billion, underscoring his commitment to government intervention in rust-belt areas of the middle and north of England that helped elect him. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “I don’t think it’s ideological — I think it’s about presenting Boris Johnson and his government as ‘can do’, rather than ‘can’t do,’ in contrast to that of his predecessor.”

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