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Britain: You want infrastructure projects, we got infrastructure projects

British government announces it will build a new high speed rail link from London to Birmingham.
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Despite serious objections from his supporters, British Prime Minister David Cameron's government gave the go-ahead today for a high-speed rail road between London and Birmingham (Christopher Furlong/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain's Tory-led coalition government gave the green light today to the biggest domestic rail project since the 19th century.

HS2 will link London to Birmingham, the country's second largest city. Distance: 140 miles. The cost: £32.7 billion ($50.6 billion). Completion date: 2026.

It is then supposed to be extended further north to Manchester and Leeds.

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