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Once more the cost of HS2 speeds up​

30 November, 2015

hs2 business graph Ever since HS2 was given the go ahead in January, 2012 those challenging the project have claimed that the then £40bn budget would rise substantially as the scheme progressed with the final bill exceeding £70bn. Such claims were ridiculed by supporters. Fast forward to 2015 and that sum for the ultimate cost looks positively modest. The business case for HS2 has always been incredibly weak. One response to this with respect to the benefit-cost ratio, has meant that benefits are…

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 30 November​

30 November, 2015

select committee 2 2.00pm Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster Witness(es): The Camden Civic Society The HS2 Euston Action Group Sam Price Euston Design

Osborne boots HS2 links to Manchester, Leeds & East Midlands into long grass​

30 November, 2015

farming cla Today the Government will announce they will submit legislation to Parliament to build part of Phase 2 of HS2, but only as far as Crewe. What is now to be called ‘Phase 2a’, is now expected to be delivered by 2027, but bringing forward the completion date for just 40 miles of track will surely raise questions as to whether if HS2 is built, it would ever get further than Crewe. It is being said that HS2 trains would be able…

Leeds city centre set for colossal revamp to accommodate HS2…but who pays​

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leeds station 2 The Yorkshire Post today reports on ambitions plans to create the biggest railway station in the North of England dubbed the Yorkshire Hub. Previous proposals to build a new station south of the River Aire for high speed rail services arriving in Leeds will be scrapped in favour of integrating the new lines into the existing station. The move will involve building new platforms over the river and the transformation of the area south of the station in what will…

HS2 to be completed as far as Crewe by 2027 under revised plans​

30 November, 2015

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 HS2 will be built as far as Crewe by 2027, the government has confirmed, to increase the benefit to the north six years before the full £55.7bn high-speed rail network is completed. A government paper published on Monday endorsed revised plans drawn up by David Higgins, the chairman of HS2, to continue building to take in a major new rail hub at Crewe in the first phase of construction, which will cut 45 minutes off the journey to London. Ministers will publish the…

Farming Matters: HS2 deals low blow to farms​

28 November, 2015

colne valley 1 Glorious Hartwell House was the setting for the AGM of Aylesbury NFU, and the meal cooked by head chef Daniel Richardson and his team was, as always, superb. One of the speakers was Tom Cackett, county adviser for Berks, Bucks and Oxon and his subject was HS2. He began by saying: “The one question I keep being asked is, will it still happen? “Unfortunately yes it will. The amount of money and work that has been put into it is…

Letter from Secretary of State for Transport to the Mayor of London on Euston Station​

27 November, 2015

euston above On Thursday, 26 November we received a copy of a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson that outlines proposals for the future governance of the development of Euston Station. We are pleased that the Secretary of State is beginning to listen to our repeated call for a joined up approach to development at Euston that incorporates the existing station and Crossrail2 and is jointly delivered. Read the letter We are…

Barnett inconsistency adds another £7.4bn to HS2 bill​

27 November, 2015

money One of the documents accompanying the Autumn Statement is a Treasury document containing astatement on funding policy regarding the Barnett formula. The Barnett formula dictates the extra funding Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get for projects which only affect England. Up until now, the Treasury has stubbornly said that there would be no Barnett consequentials paid out as a result of HS2, as it is a ‘UK-wide’ project. Whilst it is impossible to say that HS2 is any good for Northern…

HS2 concede fresh talks needed on Washwood Heath​

27 November, 2015

washwood HS2 yesterday conceded in Parliament that fresh talks are needed to maximise jobs at the old LDV-Alstom site at Washwood Heath – currently earmarked for a marshalling yard. The railway firm made the concession at an extraordinary hearing of the HS2 Bill Committee called in response to a letter from Liam Byrne MP and other Birmingham MPs. A year ago the HS2 Bill committee ordered HS2 Ltd to work with site owners AXA at Washwood Heath to adapt their plans…

Brewery which runs King’s Head in Aylesbury fears HS2 could make them go out of business​

27 November, 2015

brewery The brothers behind the award-winning Chiltern Brewery fear HS2 could cause them to go out of business, MPs have heard. George and Thomas Jenkinson said the family-run brewery located in Terrick, which employs 20 staff and sits 650 metres from the proposed line, relied on tourists using the B4009 coming into their shop but they fear customers will be put off during HS2’s six-year construction period. Appearing before the HS2 select committee, they set out a list of demands to…
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