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HS2 rail link ‘over-priced’ say transport experts​

25 May, 2016

train bridge 2 HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives, a group of transport experts has warned. The academics support high-speed rail overall, but say HS2 is five times more expensive than its French equivalent. They argue that the benefits of HS2 can be achieved much more cheaply, with lower CO2 emissions, and they want their analysis examined by government. A spokesman for HS2 said options for bringing down costs were being studied. But the academics…

HS2 Ltd: Changing the Rules Locus Standi to Suit Themselves​

24 May, 2016

parliament exterior 5 The Government has explained why they have made 414 locus standi challenges against HS2petitioners in the House of Lords, following a question by Lord Tony Berkeley. Responding to his written question, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “The rules relating to locus standi are set out in the Lords Standing Orders for Private Business 114-118 and the basis for our decisions was included in a note that accompanied the challenge notices sent to petitioners last week. The note explained that individuals or businesses…

HS2 – Are there limits to commuting?​

24 May, 2016

????????????????????????????????????????? A report on how HS2 will affect London. Finding a suitable terminus will be a big part of that, something that is dependent on a number of factors. A critical one is exactly what sort of railway HS2 will actually be. This is something that depends on how closely it conforms (or doesn’t) to conventional assumptions about long distance travel. So in this article we consider a crucial question – just how much of a commuter railway is HS2 likely…

Alstom pitches double-decker trains for HS2​

24 May, 2016

double deck In what would be a railway first for the UK, French train manufacturer Alstom is set to pitch the idea of building double-decker trains to run on the 225mph HS2 line in order to maximise passenger benefits and bring down travel costs. The company, which hopes to land the £7.5bn rolling stock contract for the high-speed line, said a double-decker design would take advantage of the designated space much more effectively than single-level trains of the same height. Henrik Anderberg, acting managing…

HS2: National Trust fears controversial rail link being ‘rushed’​

24 May, 2106

shugborough The National Trust today raised concerns that the design of the controversial HS2 rail line that will cut through miles of Staffordshire countryside is being 'rushed'  The heritage organisation has also spoken of its fears that Shugborough Hall could 'suffer' as a result and has pledged to do all it can to limit the impact. Ben Middlemiss, senior project manager at the National Trust, said work was under way to draw up 'protective options' for the Staffordshire stretch. It has…

Government ‘fully committed’ to HS2 in Sheffield region​

23 May, 2016

sheffield plan The Government is still ‘fully committed’ to an HS2 hub in the Sheffield region despite reports the city could be dropped from the rail-link plans. Shadow transport secretary Lilian Greenwood said there have been suggestions Sheffield may be cut out of the HS2 plans in what she described as a ‘secretive downgrading’. But a spokesman for Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin said this was not the case. A Department for Transport spokesman said the Government remained ‘fully…

Lidington: Heavy handed HS2 is challenging the democratic process​

23 May, 2016

liddington 1 From David Liddington MP As you may know, the HS2 Bill is about to be looked at by the House of Lords Select Committee, chaired by a former Law Lord. I appeared three times before the Commons Committee alongside a large number of my constituents and we managed to secure a package of improvements worth more than £10m. However there is still more that can be done.
Alongside other Bucks MPs and more than 800 other individuals and organisations, I have…

HS2 update: construct traffic in West Wycombe and access to Stoke Mandeville​

21 May, 2106

hs2 steve baker Now the HS2 Select Committee process has finished, I wanted to provide a brief update on the project and the parts that affect my constituents. I had previously expressed my concerns to the Committee about the number of construction vehicles that HS2 propose to route along the A4010, A4129 and A40 and the specific impact this will have on West Wycombe High Street and ambulances travelling along the A4010 between Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe General Hospitals. It has been clarified…

HS2 Ltd committed to Euston, despite Khan’s doubts​

20 May, 2106

euston new The developers of the new HS2 rail link have said they are committed to Euston as its London terminus after new mayor Sadiq Khan suggested a temporary alternative On his first radio phone-in as mayor, Mr Khan said HS2 was ‘a wonderful idea’, but he added: ‘I’ve got concerns whether Euston is the right station for the London part of HS2. The disruption during the building works will cause huge inconvenience – the numbers of homes being destroyed during construction works.’…

Andrew Bridgen calls on Government to explain delays in announcing HS2 phase 2 route​

19 May, 2106

andrew bridgen Andrew Bridgen calls on Government to explain on HS2 cost overruns and delays announcing the route for phase 2 which exacerbate the blight on constituents in North West Leicestershire. Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) The controversial HS2 project has again been in the media, with talk of further cost overruns and potential cuts to the scope of the project. The announcement of the finalised route for phase 2 will not be made until at least this September—a year late—exacerbating…
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