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Authorities brutally mocked for utilizing HS2 cash meant to ‘degree up the North’ for enhancing roads in London

The federal government has been brutally mocked on-line after asserting that it was diverting tons of of hundreds of thousands of kilos away from its failed HS2 challenge to enhance roads in London… utilizing cash from the deserted northern leg of HS2.

After spending years harping on about ‘levelling up’ and enhancing transport hyperlinks to the North of England, the federal government is now utilizing the cash as an alternative to enhance roads in London.

The Prime Minister confirmed in October that HS2’s northern leg might be scrapped, saying that it was time to ditch the high-speed rail challenge between Birmingham and Manchester within the face of accelerating prices. That led to widespread criticism on the time, with enterprise chiefs, northern leaders and senior Tories condemning the transfer.

On Wednesday the Division for Transport (DfT), in a now deleted submit, confirmed it was diverting funds away from HS2 to enhance roads in London.

The submit learn that the federal government have been providing “funding for every London borough to make sure hundreds of thousands of street customers get pleasure from smoother and safer journeys”.

It added: “That is solely doable as a result of £8.3 billion of additional funding from redirected HS2 funding, sufficient to resurface as much as 5,000 miles of roads throughout the nation.”

Hooked up was additionally a graphic which boasted about how the federal government was investing £235 million to enhance roads in London, ‘made doable by rerouted HS2 funding’.

The submit was brutally mocked on-line, with Adam Bienkov of Byline Occasions posting on X: “One other triumph for Rishi Sunak’s pledge to ‘Degree up the North’ as he pronounces plans to divert £235 million from HS2, in direction of constructing roads in London”.

Labour’s Angela Rayner posted: “Hold on. HS2 cash, pledged to ‘degree up’ the North.  Cancelled. Re-directed to London. Are they for actual?”

One other social media person wrote: “Wait, what?! Almost 1 / 4 of a billion quid to be spent on London roads – and that is badged as a “Community North” challenge?

…with cash pulled from HS2 to really reverse the levelling-up guarantees?

“This authorities should need to intentionally irritate folks.”

Basit Mahmood is editor of Left Foot Ahead

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