Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to approve the construction of HS2 in full amid renewed warnings that scaling back the project would represent a betrayal of the north of England.
The eastern leg of HS2 — Europe’s biggest infrastructure project — is hanging in the balance, with a crucial decision to be made within the next two weeks. A series of options over the future of the 120-mile route between Birmingham and Leeds via the East Midlands and Sheffield have been submitted to the prime minister. They include mothballing the line or building it in part through a combination of upgrades and new infrastructure.
The Treasury is understood to favour curtailing the project because of the need to rein in public spending, which has