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Lord Shipley: We need a national investment plan for our transport infrastructure​

Lord John_Shipley As a member of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Lord Shipley has already injected a much needed dose of reality into the all things are possible world of HS2 this year. Writing in the LGC today, he voices further fundamental concerns about the project. He observes: “There may be separate plans for road and rail but there is little sign of the necessary strategic integration to promote connectivity across the country. When air connectivity problems are added, the…

China trainmaker CSR sets sights on London’s £50b high-speed rail project​

tvg China's top trainmaker plans to go head-to-head with European rivals such as Alstom in bidding for a range of contracts including rolling stock for Britain's £50 billion (HK$580 billion) High Speed 2 rail line. CSR Corp would seek to make and maintain the 360 km/h trains at the heart of one of the world's biggest infrastructure projects, said Li Donglin, the chief executive of rail technology arm Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric. It could also build the track and manage the…

HS2 ‘threat’ to Stafford’s train services​

farming cla Giving the go-ahead to HS2 could mean Stafford ending up with a worse train service - or even none at all - a general election hustings on the environment heard. If "premium" traffic deserted the West Coast Main Line and switched to HS2 it could threaten the future of the existing line, Stafford Conservative candidate Jeremy Lefroy said. "My fear is that it would result in a degraded service or even closure of the West Coast line on which we…

Sunday People readers poll – 1% think HS2 should be a priority​

tracks Each week our People’s Panel examines key issues in the run-up to the General Election.   Only one in a hundred believe the HS2 high speed rail to link the north and south of the country should be a priority. Sunday People 19 April A spokesperson for 51m commented:" When you ask the people who will have to pay for this gigantic vanity project - the taxpayer, the answer could not be clearer.

Cost of HS2 compared to conventional railway​

HS2 train going left 20110903_LDP002_0[2]_6 From: J Marriott 17 April 2015 Dear Department for Transport, When Alison Munro and David Prout appeared before the House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee on 28th October 2014 Lord Hollick questioned them about the extent to which HS2 could be done at lower cost if it wasn't going for world record speeds. David Prout did not answer the question but Alison Munro said that they did look at this in the early days. To paraphrase, she said that a…

Bolton: Business bosses’ fears over HS2​

train line horizon Peter Vinden, managing director of Bolton-based chartered surveyors, The Vinden Partnership, talks to The Bolton News about his fears for the government's High Speed Rail plans This time last year I spoke to Bolton News about the hot-button topic of high-speed rail. Though businesses in London and throughout the North West were voicing support for a big, fast, new connection between the region and the capital, others were slightly concerned about its £50bn price tag. One year on, those concerns have only…

Sir David Attenborough backs campaign to have HS2 threat estate designated at heritage site​

david attenborough They may have been born 150 years apart, but Charles Waterton and Sir David Attenborough are both arguably among Britain’s most celebrated naturalists. And now, the broadcaster could be the saviour of the eccentric explorer’s West Yorkshire home, which is under the threat of HS2. Sir David has backed a campaign to have the Walton Hall estate recognised for its cultural importance by the United Nations. He said he hoped the estate, where Waterton was born and returned to after…

HS2 does not ‘represent value for money’ says councillor​

train image 2 HS2 does not represent value for money and the government has failed to present its case to the House of Lords. That was the message from Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, who opened the meeting at 11am on Saturday. Mr Tett was speaking about the Chilterns Long Tunnel, a tunnelling option commissioned by Chiltern District Council in association with Aylesbury Vale District and Buckinghamshire County councils, and the Chilterns Conservation Board. Councillor Tett said the Lords committee had…

Environmental group puts pressure on HS2 Ltd​

hillary Members of an environmental group are campaigning for a tunnel extension to protect scenery and ancient woodlands. Hilary Wharf, of the HS2 Action Alliance, spoke on behalf of the Residents’ Environmental Protection Association (REPA) at the HS2 public information day on Saturday. REPA is an association of groups which joined forces to protect the South Heath community from the ‘dire consequences’ of HS2. Their proposal is for a 4.1km extension to the Chiltern tunnel as a fall-back option if long…

Campaigners want HS2 underground​

martin tunnel An open information day was held on Saturday (April 11) at the Amersham Free Church, Amersham, to discuss the different tunnelling options on offer Campaigners are hoping the government will adopt plans to bury HS2 in tunnels which run underground instead of building the controversial railway through the heart of the Chilterns. As well as protecting a part of the country designated an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty (AONB), campaigners claim that tunnels are both economically, financially and technically viable.…
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