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“We’re not giving up on tunnel” say HS2 campaigners​

misbourne Campaigners have issued a call to arms for an eleventh-hour push to bury HS2 under the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty. Last week, the HS2 select committee, which has the power to recommend changes to the line before it is built, said that it was not convinced of the need for the tunnel that campaigners say would lessen the impact of HS2 on the area. Chairman of the select committee Robert Syms said although some petitioners are yet to be…

HS1 success has falsely convinced the government HS2 is a good idea according to IoD chief economist James Sproule​

train out of tunnel 2 The chief economist of the Institute of Directors has said the success of HS1 has falsely convinced the government to back a railway line linking London to the north. James Sproule told a gathering of bosses at Hempstead House Hotel in Sittingbourne the positive impact of high-speed rail on towns such as Ashford and Gravesend is not an indicator government plans for HS2 will be a success. He also said Kent was not under threat from the development of a…

HS2 and putting a price on support​

money Leeds has followed Sheffield and Birmingham in seeking more finance for the high speed line. The sequence is becoming familiar.  First - wholehearted support for HS2…no ifs not buts. Second – allow this support to become more nuanced using words and phrases like legacy, once in a 100-year opportunity and full-scale revamp. Of course, up until recently ‘Northern Powerhouse’ would have been thrown in for good measure but that part of the vision has unfortunately been “paused”. Third – roll…

HS2 Phase One planning forum: Department for Transport updates​

dft logo DFT related updates for the HS2 Phase One planning forum. To view the documents click here 28 July

Leeds station ‘needs full revamp’ for HS2​

leeds station 1 Businesses across Yorkshire have called for a full-scale revamp of Leeds City Station to help cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers and the HS2 scheme. Chambers of Commerce in Leeds, York and Bradford have urged the Government to scrap plans for a separate HS2 station near to Asda House, arguing the city needs “a single station capable of accommodating the significant growth in existing rail services and for future high speed services to run through the station rather…

More Changes to HS2 – Additional Provision 2​

farming cla The Government has announced a further set of changes to the HS2 Bill. You may want to check that you are not adversely affected by any of them. The changes are called ‘AP2’ (or ‘Additional Provision 2’). This is Parliamentary jargon. The key point is that AP2 contains changes that go beyond the existing powers and limits described in the Bill. They are the second package of changes since the Bill was introduced in November 2013. (AP1 was introduced in…

New round of consultations to start over possible relocation of Heathrow Express Depot​

HS1 wall High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) announced today (Monday) that there would be two further opportunities for the public to learn more about the proposals, which would see a former oil terminal near Langley train station transformed into the new Heathrow Express Depot. The depot is currently located in Old Oak Common in West London but HS2 bosses want to relocate it as part of its plans to create the new high-speed railway between London and Birmingham. In June, around 400 people attended…

Select Committee issues revised statement on HS2 bored tunnel plan​

train and tunnel The HS2 Select Committee has issued a revised statement about bored tunnels through the Chilterns region saying that it supports extension of the bored tunnel northwards at South Heath. In a previous statement, issued on 21 July, the committee had said that it supported plans for extension of a green tunnel at this site rather than a bored tunnel. The committee has reaffirmed that it does not support the proposals for a Chiltern long tunnel and is continuing to advise…

HS2 is given permission to exhume the dead to build new train line​

graveyard The “preferred route” for the High Speed Two line from London to Birmingham goes directly under Kensal Green Cemetery, Brunel’s final resting place.Bodies could be removed after planners, who had said the site in north London would be safe, obtained an exhumation order from the Ministry of Justice. The cemetery contains the remains of playwrights Harold Pinter and Sir Terence Rattigan, retail magnate William Henry Smith, Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer. It contains…

The economic case for HS2 – their Lordships try again​

hs2 blurred image_18 If the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd had thought the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee was disappearing from view as the high speed carried on down the line, they were mistaken. The Committee reported in March on the economic case for HS2. Their Lordships were far from impressed by what their review had revealed and raised a numbe of  serious questions in their consequent report. The DfT responded last month and must have hoped that was that. But…
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