"The government estimates that the project could eventually result in 9 million road journeys and 4.5 million journeys by plane instead being taken by train every year."
Phase One of HS2, running between London and Birmingham should be completed by 2026 at a cost of some £33bn. This will be followed by a second phase, reaching Manchester and Leeds, by 2033.
Opposition to HS2 has been strong and promises to continue:
"The proposed tinkering with the route may bring small relief to a few, but whenever the line is moved away from one area, it is made closer to another community. Adding a few tunnels does not change the economic case against the line, nor do they improve the overall environmental case."
The BBC's Jorn Madslien examines the business case here while Michael White of The Guardian looks at the politics surrounding the decision to go ahead here. Meanwhile, Christian Wolmar has taken a look and isn't sure that the figures add up.
The Mayor, in case you were wondering, is in favour of the scheme (as are Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick with only the Green's Jenny Jones making a principled stand against).
No idling campaign
The Mayor has launched a 'no idling' campaign, urging drivers to turn off their engines if they're stationary for longer than a minute [This Is Local London].
The BBC reports that the damage is 'worse than expected.'
The Lib Dem group at the London Assembly have urged the Mayor to be more transparent when detailing high-finance deals conducted by TfL [Evening Standard].
…fancy naming a boring machine? CrossRail are giving you the chance [Rail.co].