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Plans to push through a high-speed rail network through a major £33 billion investment could have benefits across a variety of sectors, with transport minister Simon Burns suggesting that the so-called HS2 project could help with replacing poor ADSL connections.

Furthermore, other utility services such as water and electricity could see their provision improved as part of the expensive rail improvement.

The first stage of HS2 from Euston to Birmingham is due to open in 2026, with the second element - the so-called Y-route north of Birmingham - expected to be completed in another six years.

While the government claims that it will have major economic benefits for the UK as well as cutting journey times between regional centres and the capital, opponents have criticised the planning process and queried its practicality.

According to the company behind the scheme, HS2 could generate £47 billion in user benefits when it is completed.

Posted by Justin McKenzie