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Government admit they do not know or care what HS2 costs are​

money STOP HS2 reports that two separate freedom of information requests have revealed that the UK Government does not have a current cost estimate for the HS2 project, and does not intend to create one. Whilst it is often reported that the HS2 project has an estimated cost of £50bn, that figure is still based on prices as they were in 2011. As such, Independent Chiltern District Councillor Seb Berry submitted this freedom of information request to both HS2 Ltd and the Department…

‘No decision’ on HS2 Scotland link​

train image 2 A decision on whether to extend the HS2 high-speed rail link to Scotland has yet to be made by ministers, the UK Government has said. Journey times between London and Birmingham will be reduced as part of the first phase of HS2, before a second phase will see the high-speed line split in two towards both Manchester and Leeds. Politicians in Scotland hope the line will eventually be brought north of the border to reduce the journey time from Glasgow…

SNP fury as HS2 finds ‘no business case’ for taking fast train service to Scotland​

hs2 blurred image_18 The Indepemdemt reports today that the £50bn High Speed Two rail link will not be extended to Scotland, as the team behind the project has found there is “no business case” for the undertaking. The Scottish National Party reacted with fury when The Independent on Sunday passed on the news, its Transport spokesman Drew Hendry describing it as a “snub” to Scotland that ignored the “undeniable economic case” of a new railway linking London to Glasgow and Edinburgh. It was hoped that…

The HS2 business case – a storyline scripted by Lewis Carroll​

red queen Reports are emerging that the High Speed Two rail line will not extend to Scotland because there is ‘no business case’ for the move, the team behind the project has said. 150 years after the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, HS2 is turning out to be a surreal classic for our times – although one important difference is that taxpayers are having to pay for the colossal cost of the folly. Until now supporters of HS2 airily dismiss the…

Fury of SNP as HS2 team says there’s ‘no business case’ for high speed line to extend to Scotland​

tracks Those behind project reportedly said there is 'no business case' for the move SNP Transport spokesman Drew Hendry said it was a 'snub' to their country Transport Secretary who launched project said it would be 'union's railway' The High Speed Two rail line will not extend to Scotland because there is 'no business case' for the move, the team behind the project has said. The Scottish National Party is reportedly furious about the news and described it as a 'snub'…

Photographer shows graphic impact HS2 will have on Buckinghamshire countryside​

laser A photographer has created a ‘ground-breaking’ exhibition whi-ch uses lasers to replicate the HS2 track proposals across the county. Mark King, of Rectory Way in Amersham, will show his work during the county’s visual arts event, Bucks Open Studios, and it will also be on the Amersham Art Trail. The lasers in the photography depict the HS2 route through the Chilterns. Mr King, who is from New Zealand, said: “I remain impartial in my views on HS2, I just wanted…

HS2 chairman – share my vision or else​

david higgins The Financial Times reported that the head of HS2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins, has threatned to walk away in 15 months' time if the government fails to back his vision. He made it clear that he would not sign a contract extension as chairman beyond 2015 unless his demands for funding and political support were met. Of course, this could be the act of a politically astute operator making sure the government's support for the project does not waiver. However,…

HS2 the axe proof train carries on down the line​

axe 1 The Chancellor of the Exchequer has told Whitehall departments that a fresh squeeze on government spending has begun. It is thought the departments most in the line of fire are the Home Office, Justice and Transport. Of course with respect to the latter, the most costly item in its infrastructure programme – HS2 will be left untouched. The real possibility exists, however, that other departmental projects will fair less well as the cuts bite Mr Osborne also announced he would…

Glasgow Chamber chief: Scottish cities must be vigilant about Northern Powerhouse plan​

train pic The chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has warned that cities in Scotland must be vigilant about what their counterparts in England are gaining by way of devolution to avoid being disadvantaged. Stuart Patrick's comments follow the new Conservative Government's emphasis of its ambitions to create a "Northern Powerhouse" in England. Mr Patrick highlighted Greater Manchester's success in winning decision-making powers, in areas including transport and health spending, and in securing resources. He said: "We in Glasgow [and] all…

HS2 and the north-south divide​

british isles The problem is that 30 years of government attempts to narrow the North-South divide have been ineffective or counter-productive. The Independent on Sunday opposes the HS2 rail link because we believe that, far from bringing North and South closer together, it will increase the gravitational pull of the South-east economy. We have argued that the north of England needs better east-west transport links, and Mr Osborne has accepted that – although in addition to HS2, rather than instead of it. The policies most…
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