HS2 could provide demolition respite…

Rail programme could offset protracted Brexit concerns.

At a time when the UK construction industry is starting to demonstrate a severe case of the jitters over the protracted and seemingly endless Brexit negotiations, one major covil engineering project might just provide some welcome respite for those in the UK demolition industry.

Almost 900 homes, 1,000 businesses and around 60 “irreplaceable” ancient woodlands will be destroyed by the construction of the HS2 railway, according to the company behind the project.

The scale of damage was described as “far worse” than expected by campaigners, who accused those behind the project of opting for a more damaging route to keep costs down.

HS2 will provide a high-speed link between London and Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, but it has faced criticism due to its cost and environmental harm.

The company behind the line, government-owned HS2 Ltd, has released a summary of its predicted impact, including effects on livelihoods and health.

Among the figures listed was a projected 1,740 buildings demolished by the end of the project, including 888 homes, 985 businesses and 27 community facilities.

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