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Lords Select Committee announces report publication date​

8 December, 2016

parliament exterior 4 The Select Committee will likely publish its report on Thursday 15 December 2016. The Committee will meet at 10am in public in Committee Room 4. The Chairman will announce the publication of the report and make a few, brief concluding remarks. The Committee will adjourn very shortly thereafter and the report will be made available on the Committee’s website.

Capacity unbecoming​

8 December, 2016

line with fence Publicity about ‘capacity released‘ on the West Coast Main Line ‘becoming available for freight’ is misleading, according to Professor Tony May and Jonathan Tyler. [‘HS2 and the railway network : the case for a review‘, Tony May and Jonathan Tyler, with contributions from Richard Allsop, James Croll and Stephen Plowden, 2016] [It] should be noted that publicity about capacity released on the West Coast Main Line [WCML] becoming available for freight is misleading. Many of the constraints on freight paths will remain, especially…

The South Yorkshire estate hoping to stop HS2 in its tracks​

7 December, 2016

shimmer 1 In the last of our two part series focusing on the impact of HS2, we speak to residents on the Mexborough estate that could be demolished. Chris Bond reports. Six months ago life was sailing on as normal for residents on the Shimmer estate on the outskirts of Mexborough. A number of people living on a Mexborough housing development that could be demolished to make way for a new HS2 line say they are worried the plans could leave them…

‘HS2 stress is making us ill,’ say Doncaster residents​

7 December, 2016

shimmer estate Residents living on a Doncaster estate which could be demolished to make way for a proposed HS2 line say uncertainty over its future is making them ill. Seven months ago every resident on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough received a letter stating their house may need to be demolished because their estate falls on the proposed HS2 route. The Government is expected to make a decision on the proposal for the new line, which has been re-routed through Doncaster after…

New HS2 ‘tunnel plan’ has not gone down well with some Leeds residents​

7 December, 2106

????????????????????????????????????????? Revised plans for HS2 as it passes through Woodlesford have done away with viaducts in favour of a tunnel. Neil Hudson asked residents what they made of the new tunnel plans Woodlesford might best be described as a ‘fringe’ town, being on the very edge of the Leeds, a stone’s throw from Wakefield but still rural enough to feel distinct from the endless urban sprawl. The drive in affords long views over frost-tinged December fields cut through by dense dark…

Response to residents’ commissioner’s report November 2016​

7 December, 2106

david higgins Once again I would like to thank Deborah Fazan for her ongoing work as the independent Residents’ Commissioner for HS2, and for her fifth report. Fulfilling the Residents’ Charter We have been following up on our response to Ian Bynoe’s independent report published earlier this year. Our community engagement team has been developing proposals for complaint handling and community engagement. These have been tested with focus groups, and their very useful feedback has helped us to rework our Residents’ Charter.…

Richard Branson on track as Virgin Trains gets West Coast extension​

6 December, 2016

virgintrains Virgin Rail was today awarded a third extension to run the West Coast rail into Euston, giving Sir Richard Branson’s transport business another 12 months on the route without facing competition. The Department for Transport was originally due to launch a bidding process on the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow to London in August 2015, but it has since introduced a string of delays. The latest is because the new proposed West Coast Partnership franchise, which will also run…

How will HS2 compensation payouts work?​

6 December, 2016

train mini The proposed HS2 rail line through the Rotherham district has been a bombshell to communities large and small across the area. But what does it mean financially for people living near the line? ANTONY CLAY attempts to unravel the confusing process. Details about compensation for property owners in the line of the proposed HS2 high speed route have been revealed as consultation on the route gets under way. The Government is consulting on the HS2 project through Rotherham and the…

DfT to extend West Coast franchise until 2019 ahead of new WCP​

6 December, 2016

train bridge 2 A short-term contract will be needed to deliver services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) for a year after the current franchise ends, prior to the delivery of the new West Coast Partnership (WCP), the DfT has confirmed. From 1 April 2019, the WCML will be run as a new franchise in combination with HS2.However, this creates a need for an operator to run the franchise after the current contract, which is held by Virgin Trains, ends on 1 April 2018.…

Petition to Parliament for an Independent Technical Review into HS2​

29 November, 2016

parliament exterior 4 Dear Petition to Parliament for an Independent Technical Review into HS2  In September 2016, Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, perfectly summed up the situation regarding HS2: that the case for the project continues to deteriorate, but ministerial support for it seems to be unfaltering in the face of all the facts. A very new petition re HS2 was launched on 11th November 2016 by High Speed UK – http://www.highspeeduk.co.uk/ and has already gained over 3,000 signatures. It states the following:…
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