The UK government has confirmed that a proposed HS2 line to Leeds will not go ahead. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) would slash journey times across Northern England and the Midlands with 110 miles of new high-speed lines. HS2 was originally planned to connect London with Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. The route between Manchester and Leeds will now be a combination of new track and enhancements to existing infrastructure. Labour has accused the government of a "betrayal of trust, the betrayal of promises and the betrayal of investment the north of England and the Midlands deserve".
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