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Chunnel slams plan to axe HS2 link to Europe​

channel tunnel The boss of Eurotunnel has said plans to axe the link between High Speed 2 and the railway to the Continent are “a mistake” that will cost more in lost productivity than the £700m saved. Jacques Gounon said “with a significant investment like this you’re making the wrong saving by not achieving such connections”, arguing that the high-speed link to the Channel Tunnel produced a big bump in traffic once it was fully open in 2007. “You have clear evidence…

We need to go beyond HS2 and build a Liverpool-Leeds rail link​

hs2 track from above_5 A high-speed rail connection between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would be transformative for the north. Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds are separated by a mere 65 miles. Yet board a train at one end of this corridor and it will be nearly two hours before you alight at the other end. We ought to be seriously considering building a high speed alternative. The current Transpennine Express trains trundle across the Pennines with a meandering listlessness reminiscent of a distracted pony. They…

HS2: David Cameron faces fresh revolt amid Euston warnings​

HS1 track 096_9 David Cameron faced a fresh revolt over HS2 today amid warnings that Euston will be overrun by passengers. Senior Conservative MPs David Davis, Sir Edward Leigh and Caroline Spelman, the former Environment Secretary, will lead a rebellion against the High Speed Rail Bill when MPs return to the Commons on Monday. They will argue it is flawed on a string of grounds, including that it: Fails to provide sufficient public transport to disperse passengers arriving at Euston on high-speed services;…

Alex Salmond to examine viability of Scottish HS2​

canal First Minister announces study into extending new high speed rail links north during a speech in England on St George's Day Alex Salmond has announced a new study into whether planned high speed rail link should be extended into Scotland during a speech south of the border on St George's Day. The First Minister said the UK's current HS2 proposals "lack high ambition" for the north of England and could result in the area missing out on the benefits of…

HS2 opponents prepare for battle​

hs2 parliament statue_6 There is a good chance of a significant rebellion against the planned high-speed rail line (HS2) from Conservative backbenchers, when the Commons returns on April 28th. With the hot breath of Ukip on their necks (one Conservative MP is helpfully reproducing on his website Ukip's 2010 manifesto commitment to a high speed rail network) a number of MPs may feel the need to signal to their constituents that they're against, and with Labour supporting HS2, they can do so without…

Is This the Best We Can Do for £50bn?​

hs2 rail tracks_3 http://gallery.mailchimp.com/c4a68cabfa10dd71ef5536c5e/files/HS2AA_Flaws_Info_rev_3.pdf Why HS2 Makes No Sense for the UK High Speed 2 Action Alliance

Forget thriving South East and focus on our neglected regions​

hs2-rail-link_13 The Government should stop HS2 and spend half the sum saved on speedy connections between northern and Scottish cities and enhancing Northern and Western ports and airports. There is a select committee for the development of other countries but none for the regional development of Britain. There are no fewer than three House of Commons committees to monitor MPs but none to examine UK regional development. As the regional distortions of economic development reach record levels and mass movements of…

MPs to debate second reading of High Speed Rail Bill on 28 April​

parliament debate MPs are to debate the second reading of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 28 April 2014.  The debate is expected to start at 3.30pm following the conclusion of Home Office Questions, but could be later if any Urgent Questions or Ministerial Statements are granted on the day. Timings are approximate and Parliamentary business is subject to change. Watch the second reading debate of the High Speed Rail Bill live on…

Kenilworth Council set to fend off ‘ghost town’ status​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 Councillors have turned their attention to fight off devastating effects which will leave them in a ‘ghost town’ rather than trying to fend off HS2. Kenilworth’s town councillors agreed to shift focus from fighting off the high speed line to instead prevent the billion pound scheme devastating the town’s businesses. Speaking at a meeting on Thursday night, Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey) said that with the HS2 hybrid bill ready to go back before mainly supportive MPs, there is very…

Newham Council to petition Government to save HS2 Stratford link​

train out of tunnel Newham Council is set to petition the Government to save a High Speed 2 link in Stratford. It is calling for ministers to consider using Stratford International as a gateway for business growth by connecting HS2 with HS1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The plea comes after a recent review by Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2, which led the government to confirm that it is taking steps to remove the previously agreed link. Councillor Conor McAuley, executive member for…
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