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September Petition Hearings – Birmingham​

hs2 select committee full In September, the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee will be hearing petitions from businesses and organisations based in Birmingham. The committee will be in session Monday to Thursday for three weeks. These range from Birmingham Friends of the Earth and the Birmingham Museums Trust to the National Express Group and National Grid Property. In addition, the Committee will be make site visits to the Birmingham Interchange to Lichfield and to Crossrail. Hold cursor over page to enlarge Petition Hearings, 1 -11th Sept 2014 Petition…

Boss sees impact of HS2 with his own eyes​

wendover visit HS2 boss Sir David Higgins today saw with his own eyes the areas which will directly suffer thanks to the proposed £50bn high speed rail line. Sir David, who took on the mantle of HS2 executive chairman in March this year, took up the invite from Aylesbury MP David Lidington and this morning met with locals in Wendover, Stoke Mandeville and Aylesbury to speak face-to-face about their fears. He said: “I’d spoken to David and committed to coming up here…

Boris Johnson – London Infrastructure 2050 plan is a wake-up call​

GLA building Blueprints for a new orbital metro-style railway around London are being drawn up by the city's transport authorities as part of a massive proposed infrastructure investment to keep the capital moving as the population soars in coming decades. The mayor said Crossrail 2, a new north-south line linking Wimbledon to Hackney across central London and probably extending into the suburbs, should be approved as a matter of urgency, and other Crossrail lines could follow. The transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, said the…

Property owners urged to think carefully before accepting HS2 compensation​

hs2 train image West Midland residents living along the route of the proposed HS2 high speed rail line have been advised not to immediately accept compensation claims without taking professional advice. Chartered surveyors and property consultants Fisher German issued the warning following the start of a consultation process into the £50bn scheme. HS2’s current property compensation consultation for Phase One of the proposed railway from London to the West Midlands is open until Tuesday, September 30 and sets out two new options for…

Prime Minister says there is ‘strong case to be made’ for Liverpool’s inclusion in High Speed rail network​

liverpool David Cameron vows to look carefully at campaigners' arguments for link to be brought to city David Cameron today said there was a “strong case to be made” for the high speed rail network to be brought to Liverpool – and vowed to look carefully at the arguments made for its inclusion. The ECHO raised the issue with the Prime Minister after the launch of a campaign to bring an £8.9bn boost and 14,000 new jobs to the region. Fears have been…

HS3 – a “floating idea” that will “probably become a welcome idea”​

hs2 house of lords Chancellor George Osborne's plan for a new northern England high-speed rail link is a "floating idea" that will "probably become a welcome idea", a Government spokesman has told peers at question time in the Lords. Lord Popat, a Business, Innovation and Skills spokesman, insisted a lot of work needs to be done on the Chancellor's vision, in which he indicated an upgraded, high-speed link between Manchester and Leeds should be considered as part of the review of the second phase…

Still eyeing the land round Euston​

euston In a letter sent earlier this month, Patrick McLouglin spurned local suggestions as to how to rebuild Euston to met the need of passengers and the local community. Local councillors and campaigners have been in long discussions with HS2 Ltd and Network Rail about building a ‘double deck’ station which would avoid demolishing hundreds of homes in the area. Writing to Sarah Hayward,a local councillor, McLoughlin wrote: “Experts from HS2 Ltd and Network Rail have looked at this in detail and have…

Almost 1,500 Warrington homes could be affected by HS2​

hs2 construction vehicles_3 A total estimated 1,452 houses could be affected in Warrington by the proposed HS2 route, according to latest figures. Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Warrington North Paul Campbell said the statistics have found an ‘alarming impact’ with 30.6 per cent of a total of 4,750 houses in the whole country being in the Warrington area. Mr Campbell added: “This impact would be devastating not just for the loss of jobs and the reduction in value of property prices but the immense…

HS2 the vision that keeps on giving…another day, another billion​

hs2 blurred image_18 It’s been the usual high-speed hype for HS2. First, we had a £1.3bn boost for Birmingham, followed days later by the prospect of Scotland receiving its own £3bn economic bonanza. Speaking to business leaders in Glasgow, the Secretary of State for Transport explained how investment in the rail sector over the next five years will improve links between Scotland and England. Mr McLoughlin pointed out, though, that the biggest change, stimulating the largest amount of economic activity, will be the…

HS2 and Birmingham regeneration, part two​

money In April 2013, the Daily Telegraph reported that 507 people were employed directly by Crossrail Limited on the “£15 billion” cross-London rail scheme. Yesterday, the Guardian reported that 1,500 HS2 staff would be employed at its ‘construction headquarters’ in Birmingham. It seems that the real HS2 Ltd headquarters is to stay in London, but exactly how many employees would continue to be based in the capital has not been revealed. If the “£15 billion” Crossrail 1 had a direct headcount of around…
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