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A Lost Valley – BBC Countryfile Magazine May Edition​

misbourne The May edition of the Countryfile magazine carries an article by landscape historian Alison Doggett on the Misbourne Valley in the Chilterns AONB that has barely changed since medieval times. The future of this unique setting is now under threat from HS2,. The line would slice across the hillside and impose a string of cuttings, embankments and concrete viaducts upon it and ancient woodland would be destroyed. To go to the Countryfile website click here

Boris Johnson asks government to build HS2 link tunnel under Camden Town​

boris MAYOR of London Boris Johnson will call for a giant tunnel to be built under Camden to replace the abandoned HS1/HS2 link line as part of a formal objection to High Speed 2 next month. In a letter to Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin obtained by the New Journal, the London Mayor adopts a new, more combative and oppositionist tone on the £50billion project. The letter, dated March 10, outlines a list of concerns about the scheme and demands that a “segregated…

HS2 Hybrid Bill discussions – 28th and 29th April 2014​

parliament from thames In Parliament last week it was confirmed that the HS2 Hybrid Bill debate would have a second day allocated to the discussions. From Hansard: The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Andrew Lansley): The business for the week commencing 28 April is as follows: Monday 28 April—Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill. Tuesday 29 April—Motions relating to the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, followed by consideration of Lords amendments to the Defence Reform Bill…. Ms…

West Coast railfreight and HS2​

hs2 freight train If HS2 released capacity ‘delivered‘ 20 additional freight paths on the West Coast Main Line, the effect on total heavy goods road mileage would be minuscule. And it seems that HS2 would be of little help in accommodating the level of year 2030 railfreight forecast by MDS Transmodal. Any HS2 freight ‘released capacity’ would happen on the West Coast Main Line, but not on other trackage (e.g. the North London Line) currently used by goods trains to access the WCML.…

HS2: Derby may still benefit from HS2 college if bid falters, says Transport Minister​

line with fence Baroness Kramer has continued on her tour along the the proposed route for HS2 with the same upbeat message that somehow everyone is going to gain from the project. She indicated that Derby could still feel the benefit of a proposed college to train engineers working on HS2 even if the city is not selected as its location. Even the government's own report on HS2 produced by KPMG last year indicated many parts of the country would be worse off…

Barristers contact Cheryl about HS2 petitioning​

cheryl latest The outline dates of the petitioning process for people directly and specially affected by the HS2 rail project have been announced. Subject to the vote in the House of Commons after the debate on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 April, the petitioning process will start on 29 April. It will run until Friday 16 May for local authorities and businesses (except parish councils) and Friday 23 May for all other individuals and groups affected by HS2. Meanwhile the Francis Taylor…

John Bercow: I will continue the fight to protect community from HS2​

hs2 john bercow In my 17 years as a Member of Parliament, I have seen a great many campaigns come and go – issues of great concern to constituents, both national and local. The single biggest issue I have dealt with, however, is High Speed 2 – a policy which, as readers know all too well, will have a truly devastating impact on our area. Just last week I wrote to some 800 constituents about the progress of the project. As you might…

Staffordshire: HS2 fight goes on say council chiefs​

kingsash Council chiefs have vowed to keep fighting the HS2 project after a new compensation scheme for residents was announced.  HS2 Ltd say residents affected by the high speed train proposals will get a ‘fair deal’, and has also announced details of a Residents’ Charter, together with the appointment of an Independent Residents Commissioner to support people living along phase one of the route. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economy chief, said: “We are opposed to HS2 and the county council…

The Petitioning Process​

cheryl gillan 3 A lot of constituents who are directly and specially affected by the HS2 project are now waiting for the petitioning process to begin. The HS2 Hybrid Bill is going to be heard in the Commons on 28 April and once this takes place then the petitioning process starts. This will allow my constituents to object to the Bill’s provisions and seek its amendment through petitioning. If you are affected, then keep checking my website – www.cherylgillan.co.uk – where I will…

Government rules out petitions against scrapping HS1 link as part of HS2 Hybrid Bill process​

bill Those affected by the proposed new high speed rail link between London and the West Midlands (HS2) will not be able to petition parliament about whether or not a link with the existing HS1 route to the Channel Tunnel (i.e. the spur from Old Oak Common to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link) should be scrapped, it has emerged. 11 Apr 2014 The government has set out proposed details of the petitioning process, including proposed instructions to the select committee that will…
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