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Mayor of London too busy to meet with Rogers, Farrell or Jane Duncan​

26 August, 2016

sadiq khan FOI correspondence obtained by the AJ shows top architects lobbying Sadiq Khan after his election victory London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has turned down separate meeting requests with three of the UK’s most prominent architects by citing his busy schedule. Correspondence released under Freedom of Information to the Architects’ Journal shows that Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell – both advisors to former mayors – wrote to Khan in the wake of his election victory in May, as did RIBA president…

HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement​

26 August, 2016

placade Homeowners affected by HS2 may be entitled to compensation even if they bought their property knowing it could be affected by the high-speed rail project, the chairman of HS2 has said. As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns that HS2 is failing to engage with residents along the rail line, Deborah Fazan, the residents’ commissioner, recommended that its compensation arrangements be reviewed. In particular, she said that a requirement for residents to prove they had ‘no prior knowledge’ of the scheme when they…

HS2 Traffic Modelling Report for London Boroughs Camden & Westminster (including TfL’s planned CS11 scheme)​

26 August, 2016

train image 2 Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, This is a formal FOIA 2000 Request for an electronic copy of the following information : HS2 Traffic Modelling Plan / Data / Report for London Boroughs Camden & Westminster (including TfL's proposed Cycle Superhighway 11 scheme). Yours faithfully, Daniel​ Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -…

Protestors hold walk against HS2 route​

26 August, 2016

wakefiled pro A protest group fighting against plans to build the controversial HS2 route has organised a walk to raise their concerns. Revised proposals for the scheme show the rail tracks 40 miles East compared to the initial plan, meaning trains could speed past Crofton and Sharlston villages. Crofton Against HS2 has invited people to join them on a walk from Crofton Community Centre, to Nostell Priory, where Lord St Oswald will meet campaigners and a petition against the route will officially…

Camden Council asks Cartmel residents about HS2 Ltd’s Hampstead Road Bridge proposal​

26 August, 2016

euston station lines Camden Council is asking residents living closest to Hampstead Road Bridge if they would want to stay in their homes if HS2 Ltd continues with their latest proposal to increase the road level by up to 4.2 metres. The results of the survey will help the Council understand the views of residents so that they can be represented in future negotiations with HS2 Ltd. HS2 Ltd published their revised proposal for Hampstead Road Bridge on 22 July, which showed only…

When it comes to HS2 myths are more comfortable than facts​

26 August, 2016

tracks 4 The debate about whether the HS2 is the best way to increase rail capacity has taken place with the accustomed bandying about of statistics. Of course, capacity has only been the factor since September, 2013. Before then the selling point for HS2 was speed. That being said, we can do no more than follow the justification in such matters. ‘Facts’ can be open to interpretation. But the one that the pro-lobby clings to is that rail passenger usage is increasing.…

Another delay to HS2 construction​

25 August, 2016

hs2 rail tracks_7 The news that HS2 Ltd have suffered a set-back on timescales is something that we seem to report on a constant loop here on the Stop HS2 website, the same way that whenever this happens, HS2 Ltd issue a statement saying it’s not a delay and everything is still on schedule, blah, blah, blah. Well this time it doesn’t seem to be the greatest of delays, but it’s the second of a last minute deadline extension. HS2 Ltd had originally said they…

HS2 shortlists consultants for phase II rail project in UK​

24 August, 2016

train pic 5 High Speed Two (HS2) has announced a shortlist of consultants, which will bid for two contracts worth more than £500m for phase II of the high-speed rail project in the UK. The initial contract is worth £350m and will see the provision of civil design and environmental services for the sections of the route from Crewe to Manchester and from Birmingham to Leeds through Sheffield and the East Midlands. Three joint ventures (JV) shortlisted by HS2 are Aecom, Capita, and Ineco's JV; Mott MacDonald…

Campaigner calls for HS2 to be re-routed near Doncaster airport and away from Mexborough housing estate​

24 August, 2016

train pic 6 A transport campaigner has launched a petition calling for the HS2 route to be redirected towards Doncaster airport and away from a Mexborough housing estate earmarked for demolition. Chris Hardacre set up the petition this week which demands that the ‘Sheffield-centric’ HS2 route proposed last month, which would see the high speed rail line run through the partially completed Shimmer Housing Estate in Mexborough - resulting in its demolition, is axed. The online petition set up by Mr Hardacre instead…

HS2 shortlists consultants for phase two​

23 August, 2016

train tunnel The HS2 client body has shortlisted consultants to bid for two key professional services deals worth over £500m on the next phases of the route to the north. The winning firms will work on civils and environmental design of the sections between Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds, via Sheffield and the East Midlands. A separate development contract, expected to be worth £130m-£170m, will also be awarded to provide support to HS2 in managing work to enable a hybrid Bill…
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