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Building HS2 station at Meadowhall ‘would put Sheffield at competitive disadvantage’​

julie dore Building Sheffield’s proposed HS2 station at Meadowhall would put the city at a ‘competitive disadvantage’ to its northern neighbours, council leader Julie Dore has said. Speaking ahead of the publication of Sir David Higgins’ next HS2 report on Monday, Coun Dore said the Government should reconsider its current plans to put Sheffield’s HS2 station at Meadowhall instead of the city centre. She said: “Under current plans Sheffield’s HS2 station is estimated to create only 3,500 jobs compared to 29,700 in…

Transport Select Committee to hold evidence session on high speed rail in Manchester​

david higgins The Transport Committee will be holding a public evidence session on the latest developments in the High Speed Rail 2 project at The University of Manchester on Monday 17 November. Witnesses Monday 17 November, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester At 3.00 pm Sir David Higgins, Chair, HS2 Ltd. The Committee will take evidence from Sir David Higgins, Chair, HS2 Ltd on his upcoming report on high speed rail in the North of England. This will be a one-off…

HS2 funds blasted as ‘insulting’ by Warwickshire County Council​

HS2 train going left 20110903_LDP002_0[2]_6 Newly announced community funding packages by HS2 Ltd have been blasted by Warwickshire County Council as the authority prepares to take its case for mitigation to Parliament. The Department for Transport will offer £30 million to communities along the London to Birmingham route adversely affected by the High Speed 2 railway. The Community and Environment Fund, and Business and Local Economy Fund are to cover public projects such as refurbishing community centres. But Cllr Bob Stevens, HS2 cabinet member at…

HS2 asked homeowner to cut compensation request by £20,000​

hs2 lichfield viaduct_1 High speed rail bosses asked a home owner whose property will be blighted by the line to reduce their compensation claim by £20,000 - so they could arrange to rent it out to someone else. The figure emerged during a Commons exchange on compensation for people affected by the £50 billion HS2 project. Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, revealed: "A constituent of mine, having arrived at a value that was supposed to be fair, was then asked by HS2 to…

Foreign companies would build HS2​

crossrail Today in Manchester, HS2 Ltd is holding its 2014 ‘Northern’ supply chain conference. At the London supply chain conference a few days ago, HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby repeated the phoney claim about 90-plus-percent of Crossrail contracts going to ‘UK-based firms’. Simon Kirby, one of several former Network Rail executives who has joined HS2 Ltd, said it was "determined to build on Crossrail's success where 97% of conracts were placed with UK-based firms. But, as reported in the Fincial times…

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee: Economic Case for HS2 – 21 October​

hol select committee Committee Room 1 Meeting started on Tuesday 21 October at 3.36pm. Ended at 5.57pm Economic Case for HS2 Witnesses Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consultants; Lewis Atter, KPMG; and Jim Steer, Davis Gleave Consultants Professor Stephen Glaister Visit the Committee's homepage. To watch the session click here    

PMQs: Cameron makes out ‘Devo Met’ Northern Powerhouse report supports HS2, when it doesn’t​

parliament debate Yesterday at Prime Ministers Questions, David Cameron praised a report from the Royal Society’s City Growth Commission, which as a result of debates following the Scottish Referendum calls for more powers for English regions. However, the commission said transport was more important than devolution in improving the economic fortunes of English provincial cities, with commission chairman Jim O’Neill saying: “The whole idea of connecting cities through much more sophisticated and affordable and better infrastructure in my judgment will probably do…

HS2 Select Committee To Visit South Northamptonshire​

andrea leadsom 2 Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire will be accompanying the HS2 Select Committee on their visit to South Northamptonshire during the morning of 27th October 2014. The Committee will be visiting sites flagged up by individual petitioners in order to discuss residents’ concerns, with a view to adjusting some of the specifics of the project to better mitigate the effects of construction and operation of the line. Andrea said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity this visit will give residents to…

House of Commons debate on HS2 Compensation​

parliament from thames Ob 21 October MPs discussed the current government proposals to compensate home owners affected by HS2 Opening the debate, Chery Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham said: "I have received numerous representations from people affected by HS2. The theme, I am afraid, is a common one: despair at the current compensation arrangements and a feeling of powerlessness from people who think they cannot influence the process." It was clear from the contributions of other MPs during the debate that enormous…

HS2 costs increase by over £1bn, but not according to HS2 Ltd​

money The costs associated with Phase 1 contracts of HS2 have increased by £1.15bn, an increase of 11% since November last year, whilst some costs do not now appear in the budgets for contracts for be tendered on. The biggest increase is that of the cost of the surface route, which has risen 41% from £2.7bn to £3.8bn. Despite it being clear that the overall costs of six contract headings have increased, an HS2  Ltd spokesman told Construction News that this did not reflect an…
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