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Will technology outpace the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project?​

video conference Modern technology makes the whole idea of HS2 questionable Despite the best efforts of those supporting the massive investment in the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project, the initial case for spending upwards of £40bn was speed – a shorter journey time between Birmingham and London. Apparently the current 81 minutes is just too long. The project is opposed by many, for a variety of reasons, including cost, disruption, destruction of the countryside and energy usage, to name but a…

HS2: New picture shows how trucks will descend on Primrose Hill​

camden lorries Yellow Tonka truck-style construction vehicles lay siege to a parade of Regency villas in an image released by HS2 ahead of more than a decade of major works in Camden. One of the lorries has a telescopic grabbing device that appears to be reaching through the trees into a home in Park Village East. The images have been released by HS2 inside information packs sent to residents about the proposed works in Park Village East, which are expected to begin…

Riding School noise barrier decision may have HS2 implications​

woodenfence In an unexpected move, the Secretary of State for Transport has ordered that a noise barrier should be installed to protect a riding school as part of works to the Chiltern Line, a decision which could potentially set a precedent when HS2 is built. The DfT has put a condition on the planning application from Chiltern Railways & Network Rail that they should install an effective noise barrier atWendlebury Gate Riding School near Bicester, as otherwise the trains would drown out communication between…

HS2 Meetings – Bucks County Council​

construction Buckinghamshire County Council is organising a series of September local area HS2 meetings in both daytime and evening sessions. Both meetings cover the same topics so there is no need to attend both. The meetings will take place on the following dates: 1 September, 2pm-4pm. Area: Chalfonts and Amersham Location: Amersham Community Centre 1 September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Area: Chalfonts and Amersham Location: Amersham Community Centre 4 September, 2pm-4pm Area: Central Chilterns Location: Amersham Community Centre 4 September, 6.30pm -…

Crewe v HS2: the station saga​

crewe station Crewe Town Council have been writing to Network Rail and HS2 Ltd over the future of the current station in the centre of Crewe. In March, at the launch of the HS2 Plus report, David Higgins suggesting letting the station sink into disrepair, saying “The roof was badly damaged in the storms. Rather than repair the station; build a new one south of Crewe allowing connectivity to the rest of the network, linking the north west and north Wales,” he said. Luckily for…

Poll: Is it time for HS2 to be scrapped?​

hs2 lichfield viaduct 2 With the news that the cost of HS2 could spiral to at least £80 billion, we are asking Star readers if it is time to scrap the controversial rail project. The new figure – double the current estimated cost of the controversial high speed train line – was revealed in a report by the Institute for Economic Affairs published today. Campaigners immediately spoke of their shock and backed the IEA’s calls for the scheme to be scrapped. They say the…

HS2 and the new North-South divide​

quainton HS2 - the proposed high speed rail link from London - is supposed to help bridge the North-South divide. But the debate surrounding the controversial project has arguably opened up a divide between councils in the North, who welcome the scheme, and those further south which do not. Set in a peaceful valley, surrounded by tranquil farmland, the hamlet of Lower Thorpe Mandeville, in rural Northamptonshire, has stood almost undisturbed for centuries. Yet residents are rapidly moving out, victims of…

Labour must scrap HS2 to avoid a rail disaster​

line with fence Writing in the Times today, Damian McBride, highlights the difficulty facing the Labour Party with respect to HS2. The Party’s “no blank cheque” positon has little meaning as even with Sir David Higgins at the helm, there is no sign that any kind of financial control is being applied to the runaway project. As John Redwood pointed out last week, HS2 Ltd is a company that having spent £400m of taxpayers’ money has a balance sheet showing no net assets.…

More Compensation For People Living Near HS2​

canal If you live within 300 metres of where HS2 will pass through Buckinghamshire, there's another chance to claim compensation. Two schemes will mean you can either claim on the value of your home or get up to £22,500, depending where you live. You've got until the end of September to apply to the government for the cash. Chesham and Amersham MP, Cheryl Gillan, said: "I would encourage all those living near to the route of HS2 to respond to this…

Cheshire: Culcheth and Croft residents set for 12 months of HS2 blight​

hs2 lichfield viaduct_1 THE delay in announcing the final HS2 route has added ‘twelve months of blight’ to residents in Culcheth and Croft, claimed parish councillor Mike Vobe. Members of Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council quizzed senior representatives from HS2 Ltd in a meeting at Glazebury Methodist Church on the latest developments in the proposed HS2 scheme. At the meeting, parish councillor Peter Caswell called for more information on HS2’s Exceptional Hardship Scheme and pushed for advice surgeries to be launched. Clr Vobe…
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