Log In contact us at 51m

News

HS3 – a “floating idea” that will “probably become a welcome idea”​

hs2 house of lords Chancellor George Osborne's plan for a new northern England high-speed rail link is a "floating idea" that will "probably become a welcome idea", a Government spokesman has told peers at question time in the Lords. Lord Popat, a Business, Innovation and Skills spokesman, insisted a lot of work needs to be done on the Chancellor's vision, in which he indicated an upgraded, high-speed link between Manchester and Leeds should be considered as part of the review of the second phase…

Still eyeing the land round Euston​

euston In a letter sent earlier this month, Patrick McLouglin spurned local suggestions as to how to rebuild Euston to met the need of passengers and the local community. Local councillors and campaigners have been in long discussions with HS2 Ltd and Network Rail about building a ‘double deck’ station which would avoid demolishing hundreds of homes in the area. Writing to Sarah Hayward,a local councillor, McLoughlin wrote: “Experts from HS2 Ltd and Network Rail have looked at this in detail and have…

Almost 1,500 Warrington homes could be affected by HS2​

hs2 construction vehicles_3 A total estimated 1,452 houses could be affected in Warrington by the proposed HS2 route, according to latest figures. Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Warrington North Paul Campbell said the statistics have found an ‘alarming impact’ with 30.6 per cent of a total of 4,750 houses in the whole country being in the Warrington area. Mr Campbell added: “This impact would be devastating not just for the loss of jobs and the reduction in value of property prices but the immense…

HS2 the vision that keeps on giving…another day, another billion​

hs2 blurred image_18 It’s been the usual high-speed hype for HS2. First, we had a £1.3bn boost for Birmingham, followed days later by the prospect of Scotland receiving its own £3bn economic bonanza. Speaking to business leaders in Glasgow, the Secretary of State for Transport explained how investment in the rail sector over the next five years will improve links between Scotland and England. Mr McLoughlin pointed out, though, that the biggest change, stimulating the largest amount of economic activity, will be the…

HS2 and Birmingham regeneration, part two​

money In April 2013, the Daily Telegraph reported that 507 people were employed directly by Crossrail Limited on the “£15 billion” cross-London rail scheme. Yesterday, the Guardian reported that 1,500 HS2 staff would be employed at its ‘construction headquarters’ in Birmingham. It seems that the real HS2 Ltd headquarters is to stay in London, but exactly how many employees would continue to be based in the capital has not been revealed. If the “£15 billion” Crossrail 1 had a direct headcount of around…

The HS2 Committee wraps up for the summer following locus standi hearings​

select committee The HS2 Bill committee held its final session before breaking for the summer this week. They will next be meeting again on 1st September with a future programme of hearings due to be published shortly. This side of the summer, the committee has dealt with the challenges to ‘locus standi’ (entitlement to be heard by the committee), with all but one of the challenges having their claim for the right to be heard refused by the committee. Significantly, the one petitioner…

‘HS2 is not a certainty’: Work begins on new housing block in middle of demolition zone​

Camden Market A new housing and office block is being built right in the middle of the HS2 demolition zone. Granby House, in Granby Terrace, was given planning permission in 2008 – before the £50billion railway plan was announced. Neighbours on the Regent’s Park Estate have described the building work as “curious” because they are being told that the neighbouring blocks will soon be torn down. HS2 Ltd is proposing to demolish the whole area in 2017 so that it can bring…

“Go forth and regenerate, but there’s no money for it”, Government tells HS2 cities​

kingsash The Government have today, Thursday 24th July, have responded to the HS2 Growth Taskforce’s recommendations, which were published in March. In a response that agrees with the HS2 Growth Task Force that local plans should be set up, the government fails to allocate any new spending for this. Local resources will be expect to be used include from existing budgets. There will be no money from central government.  In a worrying development, the government, who sold HS1 to a foreign pension fund, says they will help…

Birmingham and HS2 jobs – “what could be likely”​

HS1 wall_6 The HS2 roadshow hit Birmingham yesterday with the promise of jobs much in evidence, that is until the the claims faced examination. The most revealing comment came from Andy Street of the Local Enterprise Partnership who referred to the quoted figure of 1,500 as "what could be likely." What was certain is the fact that the proposed HS2′s marshalling yard has wiped out the chance to create up to 7,000 private sector jobs at Washwood Heath. Speaking ahead of a Commons…

Liam Byrne: My statement on the announcement of the HS2 Construction HQ in Birmingham​

liam byrne “HS2 belongs in Birmingham. The arrival of 1,500 permanent jobs is fantastic news, and it provides a welcome boost to the growth of our City.   But this announcement underlines the need for a new deal for East Birmingham where the HS2′s marshalling yard has wiped out the chance to create 3,500 private sector jobs.   So today I’ve written to David Higgins, Chariman of HS2 Ltd, to begin talks on how we maximise the jobs boost for East Birmingham.”…
Page 1 of 13812345...102030...Last »