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This much we know – HS2 and the clarity of changed perspective​

23 July, 2016

train image 2 For over five years those challenging HS2 have been called Nimbys. For over five years those, whose lives and businesses will be devastated by the project, have been called selfish. As the costly vanity project trundled on in search of a problem to solve, backers knew it could rely on cross-party support, the Labour Party included. So the runaway train carried on untroubled by reality. So when this month the route was changed to directly affect Doncaster, we were sure…

All aboard the gravy train: Bill for Britain’s high speed rail link advisers is £180MILLION despite not a single piece of track being laid​

23 July, 2016

gravy express Consultants cost £185m last year for HS2 project, despite no tracks yet  A total of 128 HS2 executives earn more than £100,000 a year on project Some 47 staff were paid over £150,000 - more than the Prime Minister Bosses at HS2 spent £185million on consultancy fees and lawyers last year despite the fact that not a single piece of track has been laid, it has emerged. The gravy train was revealed in the annual report for Britain’s high speed…

Is HS2 heading into a red flare sunset?​

22 July, 2016

red flare The comments made by the National Audit Office chief, Sir Amyas Morse, that in the aftermath of Brexit, major infrastructure projects such as HS2 should be reassessed have sent a red flare into the sky. It must be hoped that the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Transport have picked up the distress signal. Sir Amyas Morse said the government would have to treat leaving the EU as an “emergency” and that government departments would be…

HS2: How would you feel if your house could be bulldozed?​

21 July, 2016

shimmer estate Proposals for an alternative HS2 route in South Yorkshire could involve a new housing estate in Mexborough being bulldozed. Chris Bond spoke to some of its residents. “Welcome to Shimmer”. This is the message that greets you as you drive into this new housing estate just outside Mexborough. A row of red flags emblazoned with the name ‘Strata’, the developers behind this smart Dearne Valley estate, flutter in the breeze as the soft scent of summer fills the air. The…

Former Labour Leader Ed Miliband calls for HS2 route through Doncaster housing estate to be axed​

21 July, 2016

ed miliband A Doncaster MP is calling for plans which involve demolishing a housing estate to make way for the HS2 line to be scrapped. Ed Miliband has spoken out in opposition to the plans, which if given the go-ahead could involve the demolition of more than 200 homes on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough, at the heart of Mr Miliband’s Doncaster North constituency. The former Labour leader, who wants an alternative route, said: “It’s important to try and stop these proposals…

HS2 will ‘severely damage’ tourism in Great Missenden, campaigners say​

21 July, 2016

great missenden rd Campaigners believe that the HS2 haul road in Great Missenden will have a ‘serious negative impact’ on tourism in the village. Businesses in Great Missenden are under threat because having the HS2 haul road in the heart of the village will severely damage tourism, campaigners say. The House of Lords committee is currently scrutinising HS2. Chiltern District Councillor for Great Missenden Seb Berry and the director of the Roald Dahl Museum Stephen Gardam went along to the speak to the…

Rail projects likely to lose staff and investment following Brexit – Balfour Beatty​

21 July, 2016

line laying The EU referendum result is likely to lead to a prolonged period of uncertainty for UK infrastructure projects, Balfour Beatty has warned. A new paper from the company, ‘Infrastructure 2050: Future Infrastructure Need’, says that uncertainty around the movement of free labour as the UK withdraws from the EU is likely to make the shortage of staff needed to deliver projects like HS2 worse. It says that the government must develop an “early and integrated” policy to encourage existing talented immigrants to…

Brexit could force multibillion-pound projects to be scrapped, says NAO chief​

21 July, 2016

amyas morse Hinkley Point C, Heathrow expansion and HS2 must be reassessed because of pressures arising from leaving EU, head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog says. Billions of pounds’ worth of public projects will have to be scrapped by Theresa May because of a “tidal wave” of pressures from an impending Brexit, the head of Whitehall’s official spending watchdog has said. The comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Morse, said the government would have to treat leaving the EU…

Controversial HS2 route “information event” to be held in Bramley​

21 July, 2016

hs2 blurred image_23 The firm behind the controversial HS2 rail route approached a parish council clerk in Rotherham six weeks ago to ask if they could hire a village hall for “an event” — but did not reveal at the time that they were planning controversial route changes. Bramley Parish Council clerk Rob Foulds said at a protest meeting on Tuesday that HS2 Ltd had got in touch and applied to hire Bramley Parish Hall. It turned out to be for an “information…

Andrew Jones MP Re-Appointed For Transport Role​

21 July, 2016

Andrew-Jones Harrogate and Knaresborough MP has been re-appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport by Theresa May in the re-shuffle following her appointment as Prime Minister. However, ministerial responsibilities have been realigned with some new challenges entering Mr Jones’s portfolio. Andrew’s responsibilities now include sustainable travel, cycling, walking, transport as part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, motoring agencies, road and vehicle safety and standards, buses and taxis, traffic management, smart ticketing  and High Speed Rail 2 (HS2). HS2 is…
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