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Labour and Tory MPs unite for change to HS2 route​

hs2 train from right_11 Labour and Tory MPs joined forces to call for a change in the route of the HS2 line to avoid the so-called “Wigan spur” which they fear will be bad for Warrington. Helen Jones, Labour MP for Warrington North, and Conservative Warrington South MP David Mowat pressed the Government to scrap plans for a line of track they argue could cost around £1bn and hurt households and businesses. Ms Jones said: “[We] are united in the belief that this initial proposed route…

September – Petition hearings start​

select committee 1 The HS2 Hybrid Bill committee has started hearing petitions, with Quintain City Park Gate Birmingham Ltd, Curzon Park Limited and The Gooch Estate all represented by Pinsent Masons. The Select Committee is sitting on Monday to Thursday, for the next three weeks, looking mainly at businesses in Birmingham. After that there will be a break for the party conferences, and two sessions have been organised for the 13th and 14th of October. All appearance dates and sitting times are subject to progress and…

HS2 and Stoke-on-Trent​

line with fence Having budgeted £450,000 for its Positively Stoke display at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, Stoke-on-Trent council has decided not to enter the Show in 2015. However, the council is continuing to spendprodigiously on campaigning to re-route the western leg of the proposed HS2 railway. Stoke ‘cabinet’ member Ruth Rosenau said that it was part of a ‘comprehensive’ approach to ensure the Government had the best data to make a ‘fully informed’ decision on HS2. [Ruth Rosenau quoted on Potteries Eye, 13 Aug 2014] “Our case is being recognised…

Poor transport links leave the South West at the end of the line​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 Crossrail, Crossrail extension, HS2, HS3: major improvements in the rest of the country. But, asks farmer Richard Haddock, what about the South West’s creaking infrastructure? I was delighted, not to say thrilled to read that the Government is toying with the idea of an extension to Crossrail. With the main project still four years from completion politicians are already talking about extending it north-westwards from the capital to Hertfordshire. I can only applaud this as it will mean passengers joining…

Conservative Home – scrap HS2 to create a northern infrastructure fund​

farming cla Scrap HS2 to create a Northern infrastructure Fund – The battle for Britain’s future prosperity will be won or lost in its cities beyond London. HS2 is yet another London-centric mega-project that won’t even reach the North until the 2030s and won’t reach key cities like Liverpool at all. We would scrap HS2 and re-direct the planned public investment in its entirety to a Northern Infrastructure Fund under the control of elected mayors from across the region. Conservative Home 31 August

Hybrid Bill Select Committee HS2 – Programme for September and October​

hs2 select committee full HOUSE OF COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE HS2 (LONDON – WEST MIDLANDS) BILL PROGRAMME Note: all appearance dates and sitting times are subject to progress and may vary at short notice Please check the news section of the Select Committee website for the latest information Monday 1 Sept 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm 487 Quintain City Park Gate Birmingham Ltd Pinsent Masons 540 Curzon Park Limited Pinsent Masons 485 The Gooch Estate Pinsent Masons Tuesday 2 Sept…

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

Impact assessment opinion: Railway matters and regulation – HS2 Hybrid Bill​

hs2 blurred image_18 Evaluation of the Department for Transport impact assessment for Railway matters and regulation - HS2 Hybrid Bill The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) gives independent advice to government on the quality of analysis supporting new regulations. Following scrutiny of an impact assessment (IA) carried out prior to a regulatory proposal, the RPC provides an ‘opinion’ on the quality of analysis and evidence presented in the IA. This opinion then informs the decisions of ministers as to whether they proceed or not with the proposal.…

A letter from HS2 Ltd regarding using the line for freight​

david liddington David Lidington has received the below letter from Alison Munro, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, concerning the possibility of freight on the HS2 line. David had written to Ms Munro to enquire whether or not HS2 Ltd had changed its position on using the line to transport freight. Ms Munro has confirmed that this will not be the case as it has been looked into, but deemed not feasible. To read the response 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…
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