Log In contact us at 51m

News

HS2 campaigners will put their cases to MPs who will visit Staffordshire for the first time today​

HS1 wall_1 Stafford and Stone residents fighting HS2 will put their cases to MPs who will visit Staffordshire for the first time today. Members of the HS2 Select Committee are touring the county to see for themselves how phase one of the high speed rail link will impact residents. They will spend the afternoon touring the county by coach meeting representatives from communities. Many Stafford and Stone residents are against the scheme, which will see some of the route affecting Marston, the…

Leicestershire: High-speed rail decision sidelined until after general election​

staffs viaduct A decision on the final route of the £50 million High Speed 2 rail project will not be made until after next year’s general election, it has been revealed. An 18-mile stretch of the 250mph HS2 line is due to cut through a swathe of Leicestershire countryside, without stopping, as it runs between Birmingham and Leeds. Designed to increase rail capacity and cut journey times between London and the north, confirmation of the route was expected to be announced early next…

Staffordshire: Hybrid Bill Select Committee to meet stricken communities around Lichfield​

water eaton THE case of Staffordshire communities will be put to an influential committee of MPs when they visit Staffordshire for the first time tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16). Members of the HS2 Select Committee are touring the county to see for themselves the impact Phase One of the controversial high speed rail link will have on communities. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “As a county council we are committed to getting the best deal…

Northamptonshire: Impacts of HS2 Construction​

construction 2 A361 Chipping Warden Relief Road The A361 runs through Chipping Warden and serves as the main route between Daventry and the M40. Traffic volumes through the village have long been a concern for residents. Impacts of HS2 construction The A361 has been identified as a construction route for HS2, with one of the main construction sites located at the former airfield off the A361 to the north of Chipping Warden. The transport assessment carried out by HS2 Ltd estimates that…

‘50/50 chance’ of Sheffield city centre HS2 rail station​

sheffield The chances of Sheffield’s proposed high-speed rail station being built in the city centre are now ‘50/50’, a key city councillor has said. Support for a new train station to accommodate the planned HS2 high-speed train network stretching across the country and into the city from London has been divided between the city centre and Meadowhall. Sheffield Council has been campaigning for the terminal to be located at the old Victoria Station site rather than the Government’s preferred site at…

HS2 changes threaten nature reserve​

lake A nature reserve which is home to rare butterflies is under threat from HS2. The high speed link is expected to take another 4.6 hectares of land from Calvert Jubilee Nature Reserve, which Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) says will wipe out the habitat of black hairstreak butterflies and turtle doves. It will also prevent visitors from enjoying a circular walk around the nature reserve. Parliament this week agreed to allow additional provisions to the HS2 Bill that…

Superfast broadband will see a bigger return on investment than HS2, says economist​

broadband The economic benefits of connecting every UK home to superfast broadband will exceed investment, according to the London School of Economics’ Professor Gabriel Ahlfeldt – but the cost-benefits case for the proposed HS2 rail-link is less clear. Almost £43bn has been allocated to the high-speed railway project, whereas just £1.7bn has been set aside for connecting 95% of the nation to fibre broadband. Speaking to Cable.co.uk, urban economics expert Professor Ahlfeldt told us, “Both are likely to deliver sizeable economic…

Compensation Consultation 2014​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 The Government is asking people to have their say on the final aspects of their proposed framework for compensating households blighted by HS2. They want to introduce two new schemes-called the “Alternative Cash Payment” and “Home Owner Payment” Both schemes are highly restrictive – applying to just a few hundred homes in rural areas – the vast majority will get nothing. Please make your views known by completing our online response form here and asking your friends and family to do likewise. Remember, if…

“We invite HS2 Ltd to collaborate…”​

hs2 line with fence_5 The HS2 Hybrid Bill committee issued their first view of what HS2 Ltd and others should do on Wednesday. The statement is in full below: 1. CHAIR: We are going to hear today from Hansteen and Mr Dean O’Reilly. Before we do, I’m going to give some thoughts about the Committee’s view on what we’ve heard so far. 2. On the Curzon Street station area design and development, having listened to petitioners, we think there is a case for more consultation with major landowners…

Caroline Spelman MP urges Government for proper compensation for landowners affected by HS2 changes​

caroline spelman Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency is urging the Government to compensate landowners, whose property would be compulsorily purchased under some changes to the HS2 requirements. The Rail Minister, Robert Goodwill, announced that car parking land in the parish of Hampton-in-Arden at the National Motorcycle Museum would no longer be needed by HS2. Although there are still pieces of land in that parish, and Berkswell parish that are due to be used, the exclusion of the car parking land…
Page 1 of 14412345...102030...Last »