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HS2 select committee to visit Buckinghamshire in May, according to Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan​

misbourne The committee of MPs hearing evidence on the proposed HS2 railway line are due to visit Buckinghamshire in May, according to an MP. Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan said this week members of the HS2 select committee are likely to make a site visit to the county shortly after the General Election. Committee members have visited several other sites affected by the route of the line as part of the project's 'petitioning' process, which allows residents to raise concerns…

One in 5,000 believes HS2 compensation ‘adequate’​

houses rail line Just one person out of nearly 5,000 thought compensation being given to residents hit by HS2 was adequate, new figures reveal. Analysis shows that of the 4,970 people and organisations who responded to the Department for Transport consultation, only one thought the help available under the Homeowner Payment Scheme was adequate, with 4,039 said saying it was inadequate. Concerns were raised over the amount being too low and only applying to people who live very close to the proposed line.…

Report calls for HS2 tunnel to go the whole way through Chilterns​

tunnel group A new study has said creating a tunnel for HS2 through the whole width of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is more viable than the current proposals. The report, which was launched at Westminster Palace yesterday, said the proposed 24.2km tunnel would be less damaging to the environment and make greater economic sense. Boring a tunnel the whole way across the Chilterns would cost £1.85billion, the report said, compared to the £1.45billion currently set aside - but campaigners said…

Warrington: Hopes grow that HS2 spur will be axed​

train image 2 Weighty opposition is growing to the HS2 high speed rail line – and in particular the spur line that would affect 1,452 homes in Warrington. Transport Secretary Robert Goodwill has told Warrington North MP Helen Jones that her questions on the viability of the spur – which would devastate the villages of Culcheth and Hollins Green – are valid. In addition, a report by the House of Lords economic affairs committee has said the government has no convincing case for…

Information Commissioner rules for release of HS2 reports​

top secret The Information Commissioner, Graham Smith, has again ruled that updated Major Project Authority reports about HS2 should be published. This follows his previous ruling that the Cabinet Office should release the MPA report on HS2 from November 2011, which rated the project as ‘amber-red’, saying it was in danger of failing. This new decision coincides with yesterdays related Supreme Court judgement. On this occasion, the Commissioner has ruled that the copies of the MPA reports that were requested directly from HS2 Ltd must…

Plan B for the Chilterns if the government refuses to stop HS2​

hs2 tunnel entrance train_2 If the worst happens and HS2 goes ahead, plans are unveiled to show how nationally protected areas like Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be better mitigated by a fully-bored tunnel. Interviews with Ray Payne (Chilterns Conservations Board) and Richard Houghton (HS2 Action Alliance). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghutbMWnhL8&sns=tw Three Counties Radio 26 March

HS2: Labour’s Ed Balls accused of ‘slap in face for Manchester’ over high-speed link​

manchester town hall ED Balls has been accused of ‘slapping the north in the face’ – after suggesting the Manchester leg of HS2 might not go ahead. The shadow chancellor appeared to go off-message when he told a group of journalists there were ‘big questions’ about the second phase of the high-speed line which is due to link Manchester with Birmingham and London by 2032. He also said it would make more sense to simply build an east-west line across the north first. David Cameron…

HS2 campaigners propose new Chilterns tunnel plan​

HS1 silver train_19 Plans for an HS2 tunnel under the Chilterns to protect the area have been announced by campaigners opposing existing proposals for the high-speed rail link. The proposal from Buckinghamshire councils includes a 15-mile (24km) tunnel from the M25 to Wendover. Current government plans include some tunnels but leaves about eight miles in exposed or partially-covered cuttings. HS2 said it had "considered" further tunnelling but stood by its plans. Plans for the HS2 between London and Birmingham and then to Manchester…

HS2 – campaigners launch their new case for a Chilterns Long Tunnel to preserve the AONB​

hs2 tunnel and sidings_1   A new study launched today (Thursday 26 March) proves the viability of a 24.2km tunnel, which would preserve the protected Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The study, produced by Peter Brett Associates, has been commissioned by Chiltern District Council, together with Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council and the Chilterns Conservation Board. The purpose of the new report was to devise an alignment which: • Was designed as a bored tunnel from first principles rather than a…

Labour and HS2​

tracks It may be about high speed but Labour's position on HS2 moves slowly. Since the 2013 Party Conference, the Party has adopted a 'no blank cheque' stance. We now learn Labour could dramatically scale back plans for HS2. The focus is now on Phase 2 with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls planning to ask “big questions” about whether the second leg of HS2 – linking Birmingham with Manchester and Leeds – made any sense. A Labour government would press ahead with Phase…
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