By Daniel Martin Policy Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:01 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 00:03 BST, 4 September 2020
Boris Johnson has heralded the controversial HS2 rail link as an engine for jobs growth as construction finally begins.
Given the go-ahead on January 10, 2012, Europe's largest infrastructure project will today move from enabling works to full construction – with shovels finally going in the ground.
The Prime Minister says it will create 22,000 jobs.
Boris Johnson has heralded the controversial HS2 rail link as an engine for jobs growth as construction finally begins
But many of his own MPs – especially those with constituencies on the route – are deeply against the expensive project.
Its cost has already spiralled from the projected £36billion in 2012 to an estimated £106billion now.
And its chief executive, Mark Thurston, takes home more than four times the Prime