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Ed Balls says spiralling costs of HS2 are ‘undermining trust’ in the scheme​

Labour Annual Conference 2013 There's more doubt over Labour's support for the high speed railway through our area. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says the spiralling costs of the scheme are 'undermining trust' in HS2. It comes months after he claimed the party wouldn't give 'a blank cheque' to the project. He's still to be persuaded on the benefits of the scheme... Click here his comments click here

HS2 threat to Measham village plan in Leicestershire​

hs2 construction vehicles_3 Developers fear the HS2 rail line could wreck their plans for a £40 million regeneration scheme in a former mining village. A consortium of builders wants to construct 450 homes off Burton Road, Measham and dig 800 metres of canal to make a wharf-side development with offices, shops and bistros. The scheme now hangs in the balance after it emerged the proposed 250mph rail line linking Birmingham to Leeds cuts through the site. Bernard Wilson, from the Measham Land Company…

HS2 Ltd propose a station visit that doesn’t include a station visit​

david higgins visit Watching the efforts of HS2 Ltd has been for many observers like witnessing a parade of cock-ups. Despite sometimes thinking that it would be impossible to drop a bigger clanger than the last one, the gaffe-prone organisation has always strived to top previous achievements, and this week they did it again. As part of the petitioning process, the MPs who form the HS2 Bill Committee are conducting a series of site visits, so that before they hear petitions, they have already visited…

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…
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