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Minister Likens HS2 Train Project to 'Killer Whale' for Next UK PM

HS2 workers build the first 'Green Tunnel' in the UK at Chipping Warden near Banbury on July 20, 2022.

HS2 workers build the first 'Green Tunnel' in the UK at Chipping Warden near Banbury on July 20, 2022.

Photographer: Mark Case/Getty Images

A Cabinet minister has warned that HS2 is a "killer whale" that could "rip the arm" off the next prime minister.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Kit Malthouse, the most senior minister in the Cabinet Office, told the Telegraph that the HS2 project was akin to a "killer whale" and suggested it was one of the projects that could spell trouble for the next incumbent of No 10.