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Nothing like a metro​

canal In a January 2014 article for the Rail Engineer magazine, HS2 chief engineer Professor Andrew McNaughton stated that, “The first phase of HS2 will be most useful in releasing capacity to recast the south end of the WCML and the corridor through Coventry into Birmingham. The former will then accommodate the growth into London and the latter high frequency metro style services that Centro envisages“. As can be seen from SLC Rail’s diagram of the passenger rail timetable structure on Coventry – Birmingham…

HS2 and habitat loss: still not good enough​

chequers Today we submitted our response to the second Additional Provision Environmental Statement (AP2 ES) and the Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES) produced by HS2 Ltd in response to both negotiation between HS2 Ltd and petitioners, and the completion of further ecological surveys. None of the changes directly affect National Trust places, but they do have an impact upon wildlife that inhabits some of our places. Additional Provisions are the process through which HS2 Ltd acquired further land permanently or temporarily for the project, that was…

Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District and the Chilterns Conservation Board – Statement on Tunnelling in the AONB​

hs2 tunnel entrance train_5 ‘We remain disappointed that none of the long tunnel options were supported by the Select Committee in its 21 July announcement, and cautiously welcomed its interim decision to instruct HS2 Ltd to look at extending the current Government-proposed scheme tunnel northwards. We remain dissatisfied with the brief decision announced and will continue to press for more comprehensive reasons as the Council, together with Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council have argued long and hard for a viable alternative that would deliver…

HS2 tunnel saves Chilterns woodlands from irreparable damage​

cheryl bbowt The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is very pleased that the Government has formally confirmed the short tunnel extension for HS2, which will save three ancient woodlands in the Chilterns. The High Speed 2 Select Committee, which is in the process of hearing concerns from those affected by the new train line proposals, had indicated that they would like the tunnel extended; but this could not be confirmed until further work was done to assess any knock-on impacts from…

Government confirms HS2 tunnel extension – but only in leafy south Bucks​

Map showing proposed HS2 route through Bucks and the alternative long tunnel People living in and around South Heath, Hyde Heath and Great Missenden ‘stand to benefit from a new extension to the Chilterns tunnel proposed as part of the HS2 rail project’, the government has proudly announced today. However, those living further along the route in Wendover will have to make do with the ‘green tunnel’ (where earth is built up around and over the line to lessen its visual and noise impacts) – while around Aylesbury and north Bucks trains…

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP comments on the work of the HS2 Select Committee​

cheryl latest Thursday, 27 August, 2015 Cheryl Gillan has recently communicated with the Department for Transport on HS2 and the HS2 Select Committee’s recommendation for further tunnelling in Chesham and Amersham. In her letter from Robert Goodwill MP, he informs Mrs Gillan that HS2 Ltd are currently studying the Committee’s recommendation in relation to the tunnel extension through the Chilterns, and that the Department will continue to work closely with the Committee to ensure petitioners’ concerns are taken in to account. “I…

HS2 – Latest Major Projects Authority Report​

cabinet office Dear Cabinet Office, I would like to know the latest traffic-light rating given to the HS2 project by the Major Projects Authority. I would also like a copy of this report, or at least to know the areas of concern and/or suggested actions which have been recommended. I make this request under both the FOIA and the EIRs. I feel the need to point this out, as despite rulings from the Information Commissioner on cases FER0467548 and FER0536325 submitted by…

Everyday Transport or HS2?​

????????????????????????????????????????? Up until now, supporters of HS2 have tended to be unconcerned about effects of HS2 on Department for Transport spending on local transport, claiming that it comes from a different pot of money to other transport budgets. Where this view falls down is that the money for HS2 and the money for the rest of the DfT budget comes from the same large pot of taxpayers money. Last week, transport groups wrote to Patrick McLoughlin with concerns that spending on what they describe as ‘everyday transport’ – local roads and pavements,…

​Revealed: The £800k cost of Stoke-on-Trent’s failed HS2 bid​

money Council leaders in Stoke-on-Trent have spent more than £800,000 of taxpayers' money trying to bring HS2 to the city in a bid which now looks to have failed. Stoke-on-Trent City Council's previous Labour administration spearheaded efforts to secure a Potteries station on the high speed railway. Although the Government has yet to make a final decision on the route of the line between Birmingham and Manchester, the intermediate stop will almost certainly be in Crewe. And now a Sentinel investigation can reveal…

How will HS2 be good for the South West?​

canal It’s a good question and Jim Steer, founder of Greengauge 21, which supports HS2, will be putting forward the case for the project in a lecture at Plymouth University in October. Jim, it is reported, will specifically refer to the position of South West England, explaining how HS2 will be beneficial, despite the region being some distance from the new route, with its existing transport links suffering from slow speeds and lack of resilience. The lecture will, no doubt, also note that…
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