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Insitute of Directors – there are higher priorities than HS2​

construction The Government should devolve more powers to Northern cities in order to reduce the North-South economic divide, according to the director general of the Institute of Directors (IoD).   Simon Walker believes that businesses could benefit from lower taxes if cities like Leeds and Newcastle had greater control over their finances. Mr Walker, who is due to visit Leeds today to open the IoD’s new regional headquarters in Old Broadcasting Place, is concerned about the unevenness of prosperity across the…

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee 21 October – the economic case for HS2​

hol select committee The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will take evidence from the consultants who assessed the economic case for HS2. Witnesses On Tuesday 21 October, at 3.35pm, Committee Room 2a, Palace of Westminster: Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consultants Lewis Atter, KPMG Jim Steer, Steer Davis Gleave Consultants 4.30pm: Professor Stephen Glaister, Imperial College London The first session will focus on: How robust are the findings in KPMG’s report for HS2 Ltd of a £15bn annual uplift for the UK economy by…

Campaigners predict traffic ‘nightmare’ during HS2 construction​

staffs viaduct HS2 campaigners are predicting “a nightmare” on local roads during the construction of the proposed high speed rail link. The claim comes from campaign group Mid Cheshire Against HS2, which spoke to Wincham Parish Council. Chris Wilson from the group told councillors there would be a significant impact on the local area during the construction period of phase two of the link. “When they start to build this line there is going to be significant disruption through the area for…

Compensation debate in Parliament this Tuesday​

parliament from thames The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP has succeeded in getting an adjournment debate this Tuesday, October 21st, to discuss the need for fair compensation for households and communities impacted by HS2. The Government has undertaken six consultations, lost a court case and still can’t get this issue right. HS2AA is asking people on the route of Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the line to encourage their MPs to attend Tuesday’s debate. The Government will be represented by the Parliamentary…

North Yorkshire: Homeowners advised to seek HS2 compensation schemes​

HS1 wall_1 Home owners in North Yorkshire who are set to be affected by the proposed High Speed rail route are being advised to research compensation schemes. The multi-billion pound HS2 project is set to see the northern route linked to the East Coast main line south of York through a spur near Church Fenton and Ulleskelf. Timetables for homeowners and landowners applying for the compensation schemes start within the next 12-18 months and largely apply to property owners. However, anyone owning…

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee – 14 October​

hol select committee 14 Octrober, 2014 Economic Case for HS2 Witnesses Professor Peter Mackie, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds and Professor Roger Vickerman, Professor of European Economics, University of Kent Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics, University of Oxford and Professor Dan Graham, Professor of Statistical Modelling and Research Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, Imperial College To watch the Select Committee click here. Visit the Committee's homepage.

Red faces for HS2 bosses as advertising authority pulls plug on ‘misleading’ promotional film​

hs2 rail tracks_3 Blundering High Speed 2 chiefs have removed a promotional film from the internet after a complaint that it overstated the benefits of the government’s controversial £53million plan to build a new railway. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) intervened after an objection from Fran Heron, one of the borough’s most vociferous campaigners against the HS2 scheme who lives on the Amptill estate in Mornington Crescent. Ms Heron decided to complain after becoming concerned by dubious claims in the HS2 video that…

HS2 Compensation – House of Commons Debate 21 October​

parliament statue Session begins at 11.30am Oral Questions Health, including Topical Questions Ten Minute Rule Motion Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) - Diana Johnson Adjournment Compensation package for HS2 Phase 1 - Mrs Cheryl Gillan

HS2 Ltd withdraw ‘misleading’ advert after complaint to Advertising Standards Authority​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 HS2 Ltd have agreed to withdraw an advertisement for the HS2 project following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, which claimed a video the quango produced was misleading. Nineteen issues were raised in the original complaint brought by Camden resident Fran Heron, with the ASA taking HS2 Ltd to task over fifteen of them. Of the four issues not taken on, the ASA bizarrely said that it was alright for HS2 Ltd to say that ‘Rail travel has doubled’, as…

HS2: Stoke-on-Trent to launch business case for station​

stoke alternative City leaders in Stoke-on-Trent are due to launch their business case for an HS2 station later. The Government's earmarked route for the second phase of the high speed line currently runs through Crewe. But Stoke-on-Trent City Council believes their alternative route is greener, cheaper and will deliver benefits to more people. HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins is due to make his recommendations on 27 October, before MPs make a decision. City leaders said running the line through Stoke-on-Trent would deliver…
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