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  • There must be a point at which HS2 is just too expensiveThe CBI and BCC wring their hands at a budget overrun of £30bn – but then keep on insisting it must be built. One thing as predictable as an increase in the projected cost of building HS2 is the response from business lobby groups. Sure enough, as the high-speed railway was reported last week to be hurtling towards a potential cost overrun of almost £30bn, trade bodies barely paused to consider this astonishing figure and instead insisted that HS2 should be built anyway.

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