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House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee – 14 October​

hol select committee 14 Octrober, 2014 Economic Case for HS2 Witnesses Professor Peter Mackie, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds and Professor Roger Vickerman, Professor of European Economics, University of Kent Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics, University of Oxford and Professor Dan Graham, Professor of Statistical Modelling and Research Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, Imperial College To watch the Select Committee click here. Visit the Committee's homepage.

Red faces for HS2 bosses as advertising authority pulls plug on ‘misleading’ promotional film​

hs2 rail tracks_3 Blundering High Speed 2 chiefs have removed a promotional film from the internet after a complaint that it overstated the benefits of the government’s controversial £53million plan to build a new railway. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) intervened after an objection from Fran Heron, one of the borough’s most vociferous campaigners against the HS2 scheme who lives on the Amptill estate in Mornington Crescent. Ms Heron decided to complain after becoming concerned by dubious claims in the HS2 video that…

HS2 Compensation – House of Commons Debate 21 October​

parliament statue Session begins at 11.30am Oral Questions Health, including Topical Questions Ten Minute Rule Motion Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) - Diana Johnson Adjournment Compensation package for HS2 Phase 1 - Mrs Cheryl Gillan

HS2 Ltd withdraw ‘misleading’ advert after complaint to Advertising Standards Authority​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 HS2 Ltd have agreed to withdraw an advertisement for the HS2 project following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, which claimed a video the quango produced was misleading. Nineteen issues were raised in the original complaint brought by Camden resident Fran Heron, with the ASA taking HS2 Ltd to task over fifteen of them. Of the four issues not taken on, the ASA bizarrely said that it was alright for HS2 Ltd to say that ‘Rail travel has doubled’, as…

HS2: Stoke-on-Trent to launch business case for station​

stoke alternative City leaders in Stoke-on-Trent are due to launch their business case for an HS2 station later. The Government's earmarked route for the second phase of the high speed line currently runs through Crewe. But Stoke-on-Trent City Council believes their alternative route is greener, cheaper and will deliver benefits to more people. HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins is due to make his recommendations on 27 October, before MPs make a decision. City leaders said running the line through Stoke-on-Trent would deliver…

HS2 group says link route will go ahead​

canal A planned link between the HS2 line and Stafford is set to stay, campaigners have claimed – despite suggestions it could be scrapped. Residents living between Lichfield and Rugeley had hoped a nine-mile link through Handsacre would be thrown out by HS2 boss Sir David Higgins in his new report later this month after he suggested it could be scrapped to speed up construction of the £50 billion line. If the link was axed it means Stafford will lose its planned high…

Warwickshire County Council to continue its fight against the impact of HS2​

construction Plans to build a new primary school in Water Orton and proposals to widen a dual carriageway near Coleshill will be heard by the HS2 Select Committee later this month. Warwickshire County Council is to appear in front of MPs over three days to contest the Government’s hybrid Bill legislation for HS2. The county council, represented by Nathalie Lieven QC, is scheduled to have its petition heard by the HS2 Select Committee from Monday, October 27 to Wednesday, October 29.…

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – next sessions​

select committee 2 15 October 2014 9:30 am High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Witness(es): Fradley and Streethay Parish Council, Kings Bromley Stop HS2 Action Group and others, Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council, Kings Bromley Stop HS2 Action Group and others and John and Marion Sadler Location Room 5, Palace of Westminster 16 October 2014 9:30 am Witness(es): Paul and Christine Cannings and Michael Plimmer, Peter and Yvon Foster, Alan and Jane Spear and Carol and Noel Ainsworth Location Room 5, Palace of Westminster

HS2 route through Erewash slammed​

farming cla The leader of Erewash Borough Council has spoken out against possible changes to the HS2 project, which would see the route stop in Breaston. Phase two of the project, which would see high speed rail from the Midlands to the north, is currently being considered following a consultation. The route included a stop at Toton in Nottinghamshire, but it is believed this could now be scrapped in favour of a stop close to Breaston. Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Chris…

19 October Open day for medieval church threatened by HS2​

stoke mandeville church A historic church which could face destruction to make way for HS2 is being opened to the public. The Bucks Archeological Society is holding a public open day on October 19 to raise awareness about the church and its graveyard, which could be destroyed to make way for the controversial tracks. A society spokesman said: “Stoke Mandeville’s medieval church has had a chequered past. “Roofless in the Victorian period and demolished by the Army in 1966, its remains have since…
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