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Reports

This section contains a range of reports and reviews published over the last seven years.

Beyond the Hype: Assessing the West Midlands Combined Authoriy’s Claims for HS2 – August, 2016

To read the report click here

Documents published by HS2 Ltd – 9 August, 2016

For the complete schedule click here

HS2 Ltd Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 - July, 2016

To read the report click here

Property Bond Option – 15 February, 2016

Select Committee response click here

Letter to the Prime Minister – 27 May, 2015

A number of transport experts wrote on the subject of HS2. To read it click on HS2 letter sent to Prime Minister 

The Chilterns Long tunnel Proposal

For information on the proposal see (1) CLT summary and (2) CLT Full report Report

The case for tunnel to preserve the AONB – see news release

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

The Committee held its first evidence session on High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) on 23 February, 2016. For evidence click here

Public Accounts Committee report on major rail infrastructure programmes including HS2 - January 2015

To read the report click here.

Community and Environment Fund – November 2014

The press release issued by 51m click on Councils send a clear message

National Audit Office attacks Government’s over-optimistic HS2 benefit Analysis - October 2014

The NAO said of the Department for Transport: “It does not always recognise the limitations of its analysis nor scrutinise outputs to make sure they make sense.” To read the executive summary click here   

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee – September 2014

For oral and written evidence click on hol economic affairs.

Health and Wellbeing Pilot Study in the Chilterns AONB

To read the study produced by the Chiltern Conservation Board click on the following link CCB Health and Wellbeing Pilot Study.

Revised Safeguarding Plans – June, 2014

HS2 Ltd has issued revised maps that are subject to the safeguarding directions issued on 24 October 2013. They replace previously issued maps published on 9 July 2013, as well as the draft maps that were subject to consultation between October 2012 and January 2013. Details of the changes to the previously published draft maps can be found in the notes on map changes

Environmental Audit Committee – HS2 and the environment – April 2014

To read the report click on Environmental Audit Committee’s Report

To read the press release click on Env Audit SC Press notice

Institute of Economic Affairs Report – April 2014

To read the report Failure to Transform: High-Speed Rail and the Regeneration Myth click here 

Institute of Directors Report – Spring 2014

To read the IoD report High Speed 2; on the wrong track IOD-Article-1

HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement Consultation – February 2014

To read the 51m final response to the Environmental Statement Consultation click on the following link 51m Final ES Consultation Response – 27 February 2014.

To read the Bucks Councils final response click on the following link Buckinghamshire Councils ES final response HS2 Phase 1

To read the Legal Advice on the Noise Impact Assessment click on the following link Legal advice Noise-1

CentreForum Report – November 2013

To read the report Build the Infrastructure: Bin the Wish List click on build-the-infrastructure

Transport Select Committee – 26 November 2013

To read the submission from 51m click on 51m TSC submission November 2013 and 51m TSC Supplementary Submission Nov 2013

Treasury Select Committee – 8 October 2013

To read the Select Committee’s findings on HS2 click here

Public Accounts Committee Reports on HS2 – October 2013

To read the Parliamentary watchdog’s report on HS2 click on briefing pac report september 2013

The Taxpayers’ Alliance – September, 2013

To read the latest report issued by the TPA –HS2 will not solve capacity issues on Britain’s railways click on the following link tpa hs2capacity

IEA Report into HS2 – August 2013

To read he devastating report into HS2 by the IEA published on 19 August entitled The High-Speed Gravy Train: Special Interests, Transport Policy and Government Spending click here.

Campaign to Protect Rural England August – 2013

CPRE has launched new mapping to show how High Speed 2 (HS2) would impact on the countryside. To visit the website click here.

Institute of Directors Survey on HS2 – August 2013

To read the press release issued by the IoD click on the following link IoD calls on the Government to abandon HS2

The HS2 Ltd/KPMG Report

‘A Desparate Attempt to Justify a Seriously Flawed Project’

To read the statement from 51m click on – 51m kpmg report

The part of the report identifying the cities and towns that will lose out economically as a result of HS2 was not published and only came to light following an FOI request. Jonathan Isaby, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s utterly dishonest for the Government to have spent £250,000 of taxpayers’ money on a report and then to release only cherry-picked findings. This is further evidence, if it were needed, that the KPMG report was a taxpayer-funded propaganda exercise. Sadly, HS2 bosses have a track record of using dodgy numbers in an attempt to justify the white elephant’s hefty price tag. It’s time to scrap this project before any more taxpayers’ money is wasted on its construction or its expensive PR.”

Debate on HS2 – Held at Huddersfield Univesity Business School

One of the speakers at this event, held on 15 November, 2013, was Chris Stokes,the highly respected railway strategist and advisor groups challenging HS2. To see his presentation click on Huddersfield 15.11.13

51m Proposal – The Better Altenative

51m has produced an alternative proposal, in June, 2013, 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.

Is HS2 the Best Way to spend £33bn?

To read the review published by the new Economics foundation in June, 2013 click here.

The West Coast Mainline Franchise

To read 51m’s comments, following the Public Accounts Committee report published in February, 2013 on this continuing fiasco click here.

National Audit Office Report

To read the report – HS2: A Review of Early Programme Preparation, published by the NAO on 16 May, 2013 click here.

Government Announcement on the  HS2 Northern Route

To read 51m’s response to the announcement click here.

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.

The Case Against HS2

To read the article by Chris Stokes which appeared in the December, 2012 edition of Modern Railways click here.

Challenging HS2

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.

Questions to ask your MP

click on – Ten question

Construction Routes

To view a map showing the contruction routes click here

Route of HS2 in Buckinghamshire

To view a map showing the route of HS2 please click here

Transport Select Committee

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.

HS2 Main Appraisal of Sustainability Phase 1

A review by HS2 Ltd regarding the appraisal of sustainability, was published in February, 2011. To read the report 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.

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