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Scotland HS2 study to be released by the end of the year​

train image 2 A report which will set out possible route options for HS2 in Scotland will be published by the end of the year, Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown has announced. The study was commissioned following the publication of the Fast Track Scotland report, which highlighted the significant benefits high-speed rail would bring to Scotland. Brown said that another announcement will likely follow in February 2016 to set out “the next steps” to getting fast trains beyond the border. Speaking ahead of his address…

DfT Outbid HS2 Ltd on Rail Disruption, Whilst Ignoring Road Chaos​

line laying This week it has been reported that the construction of HS2 would lead to a ‘huge number’ of weekend closures on the rail network, but the Department for Transport has produced a more recent figure, higher than what is being reported. The number of weekend closures HS2 Ltd claim would happen to build Phase 1 is 183, but the DfT put it at 223. This figure still masks the real levels of disruption the project would cause to the transport network, which includes a…

How Will HS2 Affect London?​

eustonrails HS2, a high speed rail line between London and the north, doesn't sound like it'll affect us much — after all, why would we want to leave the greatest city in the world, never mind to visit Birmingham (sorry Birmingham)? But the line, plans for the first stage of which are currently going through parliament, will terminate at Euston, have an interchange at Old Oak Common and cause disruption in Camden. Euston We spoke to Christian Wolmar a little while ago, during…

More Costs and More Delays to Rail Upgrades​

money Last week, we reported a prediction from the Construction Products Association that they believe if construction of HS2 is to happen, it would be starting a couple of years (more) late, in 2020. Well it seems this is consistent with projects already underway, which are becoming increasingly late and over-budget. Two projects have recently been highlighted as in trouble, the Great Western Electrification, which has been prioritised by the DfT, and a similar project between Manchester and Blackpool, part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision.…

HS2 works will shut lines for 183 weekends​

construction 1 Major HS2 phase 1 works that cannot be accommodated during normal working hours will see the closure of several lines for roughly 183 weekends, according to HS2 Ltd figures that have just come to light. This will include 19 weekends at Euston station – which Network Rail recently admitted would require better planning than London Bridge – from 2015 to 2017, affecting the West Coast Main Line with full and partial closures and trains diverted elsewhere. Old Oak Common will be closed…

Work on HS2 could be ‘stalled by two years’​

tracks 3 Construction Products Association issues stark warning over concerns related to planning and financing alongside affected members of the public lodging appeal Work on the high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham could be delayed by two year because of concerns about planning and financing, experts warn. Dr Noble Francis, economics director at the Construction Products Association (CPA), predicted building work on the line would not now begin until 2020. Bosses of HS2 Ltd immediately moved to dismiss his concerns. Work on the…

Building HS2 to cause ‘years of misery’​

tunnel construction Building the proposed new High Speed Two (HS2) rail line will mean years of weekend "misery" for rail passengers, according to a campaign group. HS2 Action Alliance says a paper by HS2 Ltd shows engineering work will mean closing parts of some passenger lines for 133 weekends, and some freight lines for 50 weekends. It would also mean 19 weekend closures at Euston station, the group said. HS2 said any closures would be carefully planned. On the Derby to Birmingham lines for…

“HS2 construction may not start until 2020″ warn experts​

train line horizon Planning, financing and appeals from residents will be likely to cause delays to the controversial project, according to the Construction Products Association Construction experts have predicted that building work on HS2 will not begin until 2020 - three years behind schedule. In its summer industry forecast, the Construction Products Association cited concerns regarding planning and financing as reasons why it does not think that civil engineering works will be starting on time in 2017. It also says that it expects…

HS2 plans require ‘huge number’ of weekend line closures, say campaigners​

line laying Construction of Britain’s second high-speed rail link will lead to the closure of several lines for up to 183 weekends and Euston station for 19 weekends, campaigners have said. Figures from HS2 Ltd, the public body responsible for developing and promoting the plans for a new London-to-Birmingham line, show that proposed closures include those of the west coast mainline near Lichfield for 31 weekends, the Derby-to-Birmingham line for 32 weekends and 33 weekend closures at Old Oak Common affecting Crossrail and the…

HS2 tunnel to be extended through parts of south Bucks​

????????????????????????????????????????? A planned HS2 tunnel will be extended through Great Missenden and other parts of south Buckinghamshire, the government has announced. People living in and around Great Missenden, South Heath and Hyde Heath stand to benefit from a new extension to the Chilterns tunnel proposed as part of the HS2 rail project. MP for Chesham and Amersham, Cheryl Gillan, said that “every inch of extra tunnelling means more protection and less disruption”, but added that she will not stop campaigning for…
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