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Will HS2 really benefit the north? | News

One of Britain’s most controversial and expensive infrastructure projects is awaiting a final green light this month. A high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds was first proposed in 2009 and has been dogged by delays and budget over-runs.

The Guardian’s north of England editor, Helen Pidd, has been in Winsford, Cheshire, where commuter trains to Manchester are overcrowded and infrequent. Passengers on the station platform told her that improved local services were a far higher priority than faster trains to London. But as the Liverpool mayor Steve Rotherham argues, HS2 will also help expand total capacity on rail services in northern England and allow the construction of an east-west HS3.

Also today: Annabel Dixon argues that Britain should follow the lead of other European countries on assisted dying legislation.

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