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Get back on track, Mr Sunak: Britain’s big business bosses in exasperated rallying call over HS2

By Adam Forrest  and Archie Mitchell

Britain’s business bosses have urged Rishi Sunak to stop “dithering” and finally reveal the future of HS2 after the prime minister refused 12 times to rule out scrapping the northern leg.

There are growing fears that the ongoing uncertainty is causing investors to pull out of the UK, after The Independent first revealed plans by Mr Sunak and chancellor Jeremy Hunt to scale back the high-speed rail line.

In an excruciating round of interviews with BBC local radio stations, Mr Sunak repeatedly refused to commit to phase 2 – and instead suggested that fixing potholes was “priority No 1” and blamed Covid for failing railways


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