HS2 may never reach central London due to soaring costs

The government has refused to deny reports that HS2 is considering scrapping its Euston terminus or pushing it back until 2038.

The Sun reported that soaring costs and rising inflation means HS2 may end at Old Oak Common station, leaving commuters to join the Elizabeth line to complete their journey into the city centre.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “The government remains committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester, as confirmed in the autumn statement.

“As well as supporting tens of thousands of jobs, the project will connect regions across the UK, improve capacity on our railways and provide a greener option of travel.”

When conceived, HS2 was meant to connect London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The Leeds line has since been scrapped.

However the newspaper is also reported that the remaining legs to Birmingham and Manchester may also be scrapped.