East Anglia: HS2 could cost Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire hundreds of millions

Part of the proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme.

Part of the proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme. - Credit: PA

Parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire could see their economies hit to the tune of tens of millions of pounds if the controversial High-Speed Two rail line goes ahead, new figures reveal.

Suffolk as a whole could see its annual output fall by as much as almost £78million.

Local areas set to lose out, according to figures released following a freedom of information request, are:

? Suffolk main - £4.67m-£14.90m

? West Suffolk - £39.39m-£62.82m.

? Cambridge city and south - £40.24m-126.89m

? East Cambs - £14.87m-£28.84m

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? North and west Cambs - £24.78m-£79.32m

? East Norfolk - £133.34m-£164.47m

? West Norfolk - £55.65m-£65.02m

? Peterborough - £34.08m-£65.63m

Cities across the UK could lose up to £220 million each as a result of HS2, according to previously unseen research.

The more than 50 areas which will be worse off across the UK were omitted from the government-commissioned report when it was published in September.

The full findings of the study into the business case of the high speed rail route were released following a freedom of information request by BBC Two’s Newsnight programme.

In September the Department for Transport hailed the study - which found the UK economy would be boosted by £15bn a year - and listed the areas which would benefit, including Greater London by £2.8bn and the West Midlands by £1.5bn.

But the areas that would lose out have now been revealed, with those worst affected by a drop in economic output including Aberdeen by £220m, Cambridge by £127m, Bristol by £101m, and Essex south by £151m.