What will happen if HS2 is scrapped?

Since HS2 received Royal Assent in February 2017, the project’s viability has teetered on a knife's edge.

It started just a month later, when the first of several legal challenges was launched against the body. The award of a key contract to engineer CH2M sparked legal challenges from unsuccessful bidders, who claimed HS2 was in conflict of interest throughout the procurement, which subsequently led to HS2 to scrapping the deal.

In January this year, HS2 faced further legal threats – this time from landlords alleging that HS2 was undervaluing the central London properties that it had acquired