Mayors set out three alternatives to HS2 north

The Mayors of Greater Manchester and the West Midlands have set out three alternatives to HS2 between Birmingham and Manchester, which was scrapped by the Prime Minister last October. Andy Burnham and Andy Street announced their ideas at a joint press conference in Birmingham. They have been joined by former Network Rail chief executive and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins to prepare proposals which would mainly be funded by the private sector. They have formed a consortium which also includes engineers such as Arup, Skanska and Mace, while they have also been able to brief transport secretary Mark Harper, who is keeping ‘an open mind’.