HS2 is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the UK, supported by the House of Commons and by regional leaders across the country. It will regenerate and rebalance local economies and provide unmatched opportunities for passenger and freight travel. I have no intention of halting work on HS2 in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere.
There are already well over 7,000 people and 2,000 businesses working to deliver the HS2 project and early works are well underway.
Once HS2 Ltd has reached agreement with its suppliers and the Government is satisfied about both affordability and value for money, we will make a Full Business Case for Phase One. This will inform Notice to Proceed which is the formal contractual process which enables each Phase One supplier to move from design and development to construction.