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Farming Matters: HS2 deals low blow to farms​

28 November, 2015

colne valley 1 Glorious Hartwell House was the setting for the AGM of Aylesbury NFU, and the meal cooked by head chef Daniel Richardson and his team was, as always, superb. One of the speakers was Tom Cackett, county adviser for Berks, Bucks and Oxon and his subject was HS2. He began by saying: “The one question I keep being asked is, will it still happen? “Unfortunately yes it will. The amount of money and work that has been put into it is…

Letter from Secretary of State for Transport to the Mayor of London on Euston Station​

27 November, 2015

euston above On Thursday, 26 November we received a copy of a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson that outlines proposals for the future governance of the development of Euston Station. We are pleased that the Secretary of State is beginning to listen to our repeated call for a joined up approach to development at Euston that incorporates the existing station and Crossrail2 and is jointly delivered. Read the letter We are…

Barnett inconsistency adds another £7.4bn to HS2 bill​

27 November, 2015

money One of the documents accompanying the Autumn Statement is a Treasury document containing astatement on funding policy regarding the Barnett formula. The Barnett formula dictates the extra funding Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get for projects which only affect England. Up until now, the Treasury has stubbornly said that there would be no Barnett consequentials paid out as a result of HS2, as it is a ‘UK-wide’ project. Whilst it is impossible to say that HS2 is any good for Northern…

HS2 concede fresh talks needed on Washwood Heath​

27 November, 2015

washwood HS2 yesterday conceded in Parliament that fresh talks are needed to maximise jobs at the old LDV-Alstom site at Washwood Heath – currently earmarked for a marshalling yard. The railway firm made the concession at an extraordinary hearing of the HS2 Bill Committee called in response to a letter from Liam Byrne MP and other Birmingham MPs. A year ago the HS2 Bill committee ordered HS2 Ltd to work with site owners AXA at Washwood Heath to adapt their plans…

Brewery which runs King’s Head in Aylesbury fears HS2 could make them go out of business​

27 November, 2015

brewery The brothers behind the award-winning Chiltern Brewery fear HS2 could cause them to go out of business, MPs have heard. George and Thomas Jenkinson said the family-run brewery located in Terrick, which employs 20 staff and sits 650 metres from the proposed line, relied on tourists using the B4009 coming into their shop but they fear customers will be put off during HS2’s six-year construction period. Appearing before the HS2 select committee, they set out a list of demands to…

HS2 Ltd ordered to pay compensation for errors over relocation of village​

27 November, 2015

HS1 wall Company behind high-speed rail link told to pay six families up to £4,000 each after proposal to move together to nearby area received no feedback The company developing HS2 has been told to pay thousands of pounds to a rural community for a “catalogue of errors” in dealing with their plea to be helped to stay together when their homes are demolished to make way for the high-speed rail link. An investigation by the parliamentary ombudsman found that HS2 Ltd placed six…

Is the new estimate for HS2 built on unrealistic assumptions?​

27 November, 2015

train image 2 In the aftermath of the report that the cost of HS2 had now reached £55.7bn (excluding rolling stock) it was hard to see how such news could be given a positive spin. Step forward Dr Nelson Ogunshakin, Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. He said with regard to the ‘finalised’ budget: “This is welcome news and provides a timely boost to the engineering industry which can now begin planning, developing its workforce, and allocating resources to the…

HS2: Shadow Transport Secretary pledges support for comprehensive redevelopment of Euston​

26 November, 2015

euston station new entrance Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood MP visited Camden last week, confirming the Labour party’s support of a comprehensive redevelopment of Euston Station, if HS2 goes ahead. Leader of Camden Council, Cllr Sarah Hayward, took Lilian Greenwood on a tour of Euston Station and the areas around the station that face decades of disruption that could be reduced if plans for HS2 and Crossrail 2 are co-ordinated in a comprehensive development of the entire station. However, the current HS2 Bill shows…

MPs repeat calls for longer tunnel​

26 November, 2015

????????????????????????????????????????? Two Buckinghamshire MPs have repeated their calls for a longer HS2 tunnel through the Chilterns. Cheryl Gillan's asked the Chancellor about it and David Lidington talked to the HS2 Committee yesterday afternoon. He told them it could save the taxpayer money: "Savings in the cost of compensation, the absense in the need for viaducts and embankments, the cost of the currently-proposed Wendover 'green tunnel' and it would also lessen considerably the impact of property blight for homes and businesses." David…

Freedom of Information request to the DfT​

26 November, 2015

train tunnel Dear Department for Transport, I note section 2.85 of the Autumn Statement: “Construction will begin on HS2 during the Parliament, and the Spending Review confirms a funding envelope of £55.7 billion in 2015 prices, which will deliver HS2 from London to Birmingham by 2026, and to Leeds and Manchester by 2033.” Regarding this, I would like to know the breakdowns, with and without contingency, for the costs of: Phase 1 Phase 2 Rolling Stock Yours faithfully, Joe Rukin
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