In January, 2012 the Government announced its decision to proceed with High Speed 2 (HS2) linking London and Birmingham, later extending to Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Great concern over the project continues to grow. The business case is seriously flawed and represents very poor value for money to the taxpayer. It will make a minimal contribution to the country’s carbon reduction target and the environmental impact will be devastating. Above all, the country cannot afford it. While we struggle with the worst recession in peace-time, HS2 will cost about £33 billion – a sum that is unlikely to fall.
An alliance of councils, collectively known as “51m”, has come together to challenge the evidence base about the HS2 project. They are known as “51m” because that represents how much HS2 will cost each and every Parliamentary Constituency…£51million.
HS2 phase two initial preferred route plan and profile maps
To view the maps published by the Department for Transport on 28 January, 2013 click here.
National Audit Office - Report into HS2
To read the report - HS2: A Review of Early Programme Preparation, published by the NAO on 16 May, 2013 click here.
51m continues to challenge the case for HS2. It urges all residents, wherever they live, to let their MP know how they feel about HS2. Use our 'Write to your MP' link at the top of the page to find out who your MP is and how to contact them.
Transport Select Committee findings
The Transport Select Committee report into HS2, released on 8 November 2011.
To read the TSC's full report: click here.
To read the overview chapter of 51m's submission to the Transport Select Committe click here.
The Case Against HS2
To read the article by Chris Stokes which appeared in the December edition of Modern Railways click here.
51m Proposal -The Better Alternative
51m has produced an alternative proposal to deliver significant additional capacity for the West Coast Main Line many years sooner than 2026 and at less than 10% of the cost of HS2. To read proposal click here.
The West Coast Main line Franchise
Blight and Compensation
Following the Secretary of State's announcement to proceed with H2S, guidance has been issued by The Department for Transport relating to Blight and Compensation. Click here to go to relevant section on the Department’s website to access the current information on these issues.
An introduction to HS2 Ltd's approach to managing noise
To read the report published in September, 2012 click here.
Buckinghamshire County Council commissioned the Transport Research Laboratory to produce some practical guides on noise and noise mitigation. The County Council also wanted to get an idea of whole life costs. The following Factsheets have now been published to help those affected by HS2.
Factsheet 1 - Railway Noise Overview click here.
Factsheet 2 - Full Heigh Noise Barriers click here
Factsheet 3 - Low height Noise Barriers click here
Factsheet 4 - Tunnels click here
Factsheet 5 - Earth Berms and Cuttings click here
Factshhet 6 - Viaducts and Bridges click here
The following briefing notes have been published by Buckinghamshire County Council
Ecology - to read the note click here.
Landscaping - to read the note click here.
Rights of Way - to read the note click here.
Socio-economic - to read the note click here.
Water resources - to read the note click here.
Towards a Code of Construction Practice
To read the Community Forums document published in, 2012 by HS2 Ltd click here.
Review of HS2 Route through Bucks - Engineering and Landscape Impact
To read the report produced by Jacobs on the impact of HS2 through Buckinghamshire, published in August, 2012 click here .
Productive Use of Rail Travel Time
In June, 2009 the DfT published a report on Productive Rail Travel Time and the Valuation of Travel Time Savings for Rail Business Travellers. To read the report click here.
Cabinet Office - Major Projects Authority
The DfT admitted to the Public Accounts Committee in April that the Major Projects Authority's assessment of HS2 was that ' the successful delivery of the project is in doubt.' Despite repeated requests the Government has refused to publish the MPA's assessment.
Environmental Impact Assessment Consultation - 51m Response
51m has submitted its response to the HS2 Ltd EIA Scope and Methodology Report Consultation.
To read the 51m Response document click here
Appendix 1 - Impact Matrix click here, Significance Matrix click here, Suggested Methodology click here.
To read the response from The Wildlife Trusts click here.
Rights of Way Maps
To read a briefing note published in December, 2012 by Bucks County Council click here.
You can view the schedule of HS2 impacts on Public Rights of Way and proposed new carriageways in Buckinghamshire click here
You can view maps showing the right of way affected by HS2 by clicking on the following:-
Briefing Note - October, 2011
51m produced a briefing note on HS2 highlighting the key issues about the project. Please click here to read it.
The Government's consultation closed on 29 July, 2011. 51m submitted a formal response to the Department for Transport/HS2 Ltd.
To see the 51m response please click here hs2response
To see the appendices which support the 51m response, click on the individual links below:
Appendix 1 - Optimised alternative to HS2
Appendix 2 - Review of the economic case
Appendix 3 - Review of the business case
Appendix 4 - HS2 route capacity and reliability
Appendix 5 - local and regional impacts
Appendix 6 - Carbon impacts
Appendix 7 - Freight capacity issues
Appendix 8 - Capacity and service benefits
Appendix 9 - Impacts on GWML
Appendix 10 - Disruption to existing services
Appendix 11 - Links to Heathrow
Appendix 12 - HS2 - HS1 connection
Appendix 13 - Assessment of sustainability
Appendix 14 - Government policy and HS2
Appendix 15 - Alternative transport priorities in the North
Appendix 16 - Lessons from other major transport projects
Appendix 17 - West Midlands - London review of alternatives
Appendix 18 - Acoustic review
To see the responses submitted by the individual authorities which form 51m click on the name of the authority below:
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Chiltern District Council
Cherwell District Council
Lichfield District Council
London Borough of Hillingdon (part A)
London Borough of Hillingdon (part B)
North Warwickshire Borough Council
South Bucks District Council
South Northamptonshire Council
Stratford on Avon District Council
Warwickshire County Council
Warwick District Council
Wycombe District Council