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HS2: Costs review ‘ongoing’ amid reported £30bn overrun

HS2: Costs review ‘ongoing’ amid reported £30bn overrun

Business
The government has insisted that a review of the cost of a new high-speed railway linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds is continuing.The assurances come despite the project reportedly needing an extra £30bn.HS2 chairman Allan Cook has written to the Department for Transport to warn that the project will exceed the official £56bn budget, the Financial Times reported.The newspaper cited an internal review for the figure. "The chairman of HS2 Ltd is conducting detailed work into of the costs and schedule of the project to ensure it delivers benefits to passengers, the economy and represents value for money for the taxpayer," the Department for Transport said in a statement."This work is ongoing. We expect Allan Cook to provide his final assessmen
Chinese authorities arrest villagers in ongoing farmland dispute

Chinese authorities arrest villagers in ongoing farmland dispute

World
May 2 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities arrested villagers in southern Yunnan province after they welcomed back residents detained following repeated clashes with police over local farmland. Villagers of Guangji, about 30 minutes south of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, were taken into police custody after they celebrated the return of released prisoners, Chinese news service Pengpai reported Thursday. The villagers arrested were charged with attacking police during multiple standoffs. Confrontation began after Yunnan's Communist Party leaders reportedly sought to take over 20,000 acres of village land to build an "ancient city" that would recreate 4th century B.C. China. Six villagers were arrested between 2016 and 2018, including Wang Zhengrong and son Wang Chunyun. The Wangs are b...