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HS2 protest group demands more funds for those affected by line​

hs2 martin tett 1 An alliance of councils united against HS2 has written to the government to ask for more funds for those who are negatively affected by the line. The 51m group, which was set up to oppose the project, wrote to MP Robert Goodwill, under-secretary of state for transport, to express its disappointment over the Community and Environment Fund, which it feels is inadequate. In August, members of the group wrote to David Cameron to request that a fund was set up…

Hybrid Bill select Committee – 26 November​

select committee 2 9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) BillHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Maurice and Pauline Kite, Peter and Lyndsay Elliman, Alan Butler, Andrew Watts and John Watts Farms, William Jones, Geoffrey Arthur and Frederick Jackson

Nick Hurd MP: HS2 Ltd have been “incompetent & shambolic” so far​

tunnel construction North West London residents face years of serious disruption - all for the government's white elephant vanity project. The local MP, Nick Hurd (Conservative) describes the organisation of HS2 Ltd as "incompetent and shambolic". Tom Edwards reports from Ickenham for BBC London News, 25th November 2014. Ickenham is an affluent, leafy suburb in north-west London. But now due to the necessities of tunnel engineering it finds itself - along with Camden - at the forefront of the fight against HS2.…

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 25 November​

select committee 2   Time Business 9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) BillHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Water Orton Parish Council, Water Orton HS2 Action Group, Coleshill Town Council and the Coleshill HS2 Action Group, Coleshill HS2 Action Group, Edward and Linda Franklin and Stop HS2

High-speed trains ‘will stop at Euston’, boss insists​

euston aerial The boss of HS2, the high-speed train project, has insisted that services will operate from Euston. Minutes from a recent meeting of rail bosses suggested plans to expand the central London station had been put on hold because of disagreements about the cost and design. It led to fears that the controversial line might terminate at Old Oak Common in west London. But Sir David Higgins has told the BBC that will not happen. "It's simply about capacity. There's not…

Derbyshire residents must wait another year for decision on plans to bulldoze HS2 homes​

hs2 construction vehicles_1 Residents living on the planned route of HS2 must wait another year to find out if their houses are going to be demolished to make way for the high-speed line. HS2 officials told a public meeting at Killamarsh Leisure Centre that the route going up through Derbyshire into South Yorkshire is unlikely to be finalised until late next year, after the General Election has taken place. Angry residents, who were first told their houses may be compulsorily purchased almost two…

Lords travel to Manchester to hear the case for HS2​

hs2 train image The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week relocate to Manchester for a day of evidence on HS2 from Manchester Town Hall. The Committee will take evidence between 11:00am and 15:00pm on Tuesday 25 November from 11 witnesses in four sessions as they explore the potential economic impact of HS2 on various areas of the UK. Giving evidence to the Committee will be: 11:00am Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council Mike Blackburn, Deputy Chairman, North West Business…

Euston – the problem that won’t go away​

euston above The Sunday Telegraph reports today that HS2 Ltd has been forced to scrap plans for its London terminus at Euston, dealing the high-speed rail project a potentially fatal blow. Rupert Walker, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail’s development director for Euston, says design work on the station has been “stopped” because HS2 “simply couldn’t get the costs and benefits of the scheme to balance in an affordable way.” Mr Walker said the proposed scheme was “not a fundable option”, adding that…

Economic Affairs Select Committee HS2 hearings in Manchester – 25 November​

manchester town hall The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week relocate to Manchester for a day of evidence on HS2 from Manchester Town Hall.  Witnesses will include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council. The Committee will take evidence between 11:00am and 15:00pm on Tuesday 25 November from 11 witnesses in four sessions as they explore the potential economic impact of HS2 on various areas of the UK. Giving evidence to the Committee will be: 11:00am Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City…

HS2 hits Burton Green as villagers sell up​

burton green A long- feared mass exodus of Burton Green has begun as HS2 drives out 14 families - including former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The village is one of the most affected along the London to Birmingham route, with 61 houses lying within 120 metres of the proposed track. The village was promised a 50m extension at either side of the proposed ‘cut and cover’ tunnel through the village in new mitigation measures. But villagers say this will help only a…
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