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HS2 Phase One planning forum: Department for Transport updates​

dft logo DFT related updates for the HS2 Phase One planning forum. To view the documents click here 28 July

Leeds station ‘needs full revamp’ for HS2​

leeds station 1 Businesses across Yorkshire have called for a full-scale revamp of Leeds City Station to help cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers and the HS2 scheme. Chambers of Commerce in Leeds, York and Bradford have urged the Government to scrap plans for a separate HS2 station near to Asda House, arguing the city needs “a single station capable of accommodating the significant growth in existing rail services and for future high speed services to run through the station rather…

More Changes to HS2 – Additional Provision 2​

farming cla The Government has announced a further set of changes to the HS2 Bill. You may want to check that you are not adversely affected by any of them. The changes are called ‘AP2’ (or ‘Additional Provision 2’). This is Parliamentary jargon. The key point is that AP2 contains changes that go beyond the existing powers and limits described in the Bill. They are the second package of changes since the Bill was introduced in November 2013. (AP1 was introduced in…

New round of consultations to start over possible relocation of Heathrow Express Depot​

HS1 wall High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) announced today (Monday) that there would be two further opportunities for the public to learn more about the proposals, which would see a former oil terminal near Langley train station transformed into the new Heathrow Express Depot. The depot is currently located in Old Oak Common in West London but HS2 bosses want to relocate it as part of its plans to create the new high-speed railway between London and Birmingham. In June, around 400 people attended…

Select Committee issues revised statement on HS2 bored tunnel plan​

train and tunnel The HS2 Select Committee has issued a revised statement about bored tunnels through the Chilterns region saying that it supports extension of the bored tunnel northwards at South Heath. In a previous statement, issued on 21 July, the committee had said that it supported plans for extension of a green tunnel at this site rather than a bored tunnel. The committee has reaffirmed that it does not support the proposals for a Chiltern long tunnel and is continuing to advise…

HS2 is given permission to exhume the dead to build new train line​

graveyard The “preferred route” for the High Speed Two line from London to Birmingham goes directly under Kensal Green Cemetery, Brunel’s final resting place.Bodies could be removed after planners, who had said the site in north London would be safe, obtained an exhumation order from the Ministry of Justice. The cemetery contains the remains of playwrights Harold Pinter and Sir Terence Rattigan, retail magnate William Henry Smith, Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer. It contains…

The economic case for HS2 – their Lordships try again​

hs2 blurred image_18 If the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd had thought the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee was disappearing from view as the high speed carried on down the line, they were mistaken. The Committee reported in March on the economic case for HS2. Their Lordships were far from impressed by what their review had revealed and raised a numbe of  serious questions in their consequent report. The DfT responded last month and must have hoped that was that. But…

More questions from the Lords​

hollick Lord Hollick, chair of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee (EAC), has written to Patrick MacLoughlin with a series of new – and old – questions on HS2, arising from the recent Government response to the EAC. In the Lords, there’s going to be a debate on HS2, organised by Lord Hollick and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16th September. The letter follows on from the EAC’s report into Economics of HS2, published in March. Their astute questing of witnesses, including David Higgins, led them to ask 16…

As the Government spending review calls for £20bn cuts to Whitehall budgets where does this leave HS2?​

money This week the Treasury said "large savings" would be required of unprotected departments, which have been asked to model two scenarios: of 25% and 40% cuts to their budgets by 2020. As an unprotected department, Transport sits squarely in the firing line. Whether the ultimate vanity project that is HS2 can survive while schemes around it are cut to the bone, delayed or abandoned must be seriously in doubt. If the high speed line stands while others fall around it,…

HS2 and Parliamentary scrutiny…are the signs good for the taxpayer?​

parliament exterior 4 The Secretary of State for Transport made one his regular visits to the Transport Select Committee this week. Mr McLoughlin, as always, was expansive and charming. He had come to answer MPs questions concerning Network Rail. His favoured responses, irrespective of the questions were Sir Peter Hendy and Reading Railway Station. Both were shoe-horned into answers wherever possible. On other occasions he opted for stream of consciousness mode. Under interrogation he gives the impression that at any moment he is…
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