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Economic analysis needed on HS2 route change​

26 July, 2016

farming cla An economic assessment has yet to be done on the new proposed route of the HS2 line through Rotherham, recommended changes to which came “out of the blue” earlier this month. Construction on HS2, the high speed North to South rail link that aims to provide extra capacity to handle increasing demand, will begin during this Parliament and has been given a funding envelope of £55.7 billion in 2015 prices. It should reach Birmingham in 2026 and Manchester and Leeds…

HS2 information event to be held in Aston​

26 July, 2016

tracks 4 People living in Aston can find out more about the planned changes to the HS2 high-speed rail route at an information event today (Tuesday). Representatives from HS2 Ltd — the firm behind the project — will be at Aston Parish Council Village Hall, Rosegarth Avenue, from 12.30pm until 8pm. The planned changes to the route would see it cut through Parklands Riding School, on Worksop Road, and right next to Aston Hall Cricket Club. The A57 Aston Bypass would also…

This much we know – HS2 and clarity​

26 July, 2016

hs2 blurred image_18 In a recent comment article in the Yorkshire Post the newspaper said if the HS2 project is to deliver maximum benefit to Yorkshire and the rest of the North – then it is imperative that every opportunity is taken to use it to establish better links between major Northern towns and cities, along with emerging rural economies. Connectivity will be key to the scheme’s perceived success or failure.  The Post has a point. As time passes the claims made for…

HS2 and the garden bridge are vanity projects – it’s not too late to scrap both​

25 July, 2016

HS1 wall A not dissimilar philosophy appears to sustain the champions of HS2, as they ignore relentless, well-informed criticism from, among others, the National Audit Office, the public accounts committee, the Institute for Economic Affairs and, in May, a group of academic transport specialists. Adam Mills, the former chairman of Eurostar, called the economics “away with the fairies”. Given the continued overcrowding on northern commuter networks due to be unalleviated by HS2, their passengers also appreciate, more painfully than most, how much less their difficulties…

HS2 accused of not listening to Camden residents over ‘paltry’ reduction in bridge height​

25 July, 2016

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 HS2 Ltd’s new plans for the Hampstead Road Bridge in Camden have been criticised by the leader of Camden Council, who said residents weren’t consulted about the changes. As part of the construction of the high-speed rail, HS2 Ltd is going to narrow the A400 bridge and increase its height by 4.7m in the road level at either end of the bridge and utility diversions across the Ampthill estate. In December, it began a study into ways to reduce the…

Concerns over rail plans​

25 July, 2016

train pic 5 Transport Officials have expressed concern that new plans for HS2 could impact on the prospect of faster rail journeys between Leeds and Sheffield. The latest proposals for the eastern leg of HS2, which will run between Birmingham and Leeds, will see the line head east of Rotherham with some northbound services taking a spur off into Sheffield. It had previously proposed the line should pass between Rotherham and Sheffield stopping at a new station at Meadowhall. HS2 claims the changes…

HS2: Compulsory Purchase Orders explained​

24 July, 2016

shimmer estate A NEW housing estate in South Yorkshire could be bulldozed if changes to the planned HS2 high-speed rail route go ahead. People living on the Shimmer estate in Mexborough have been told that “some or all of their land” may be required if the plans are approved. The proposed new route could see more than 200 homes demolished on the estate, which has been partially completed by developer, Strata. At a residents’ meeting this week, one home owner said the…

HS2: Little change to Hampstead Road Bridge in HS2 Ltd’s new plans​

22 July, 2106

euston station lines HS2 Ltd has published their revised proposal for the Hampstead Road Bridge today – with their preferred option showing only a small potential reduction in height of the bridge they proposed last September in Additional Provision 3. HS2 Ltd’s new proposal shows the height of the bridge proposed in AP3 could be reduced between 0.5m and 1m – with residents facing the same amount of construction disruption. Camden residents and businesses were not given the opportunity to give their thoughts on…

This much we know – HS2 and the clarity of changed perspective​

23 July, 2016

train image 2 For over five years those challenging HS2 have been called Nimbys. For over five years those, whose lives and businesses will be devastated by the project, have been called selfish. As the costly vanity project trundled on in search of a problem to solve, backers knew it could rely on cross-party support, the Labour Party included. So the runaway train carried on untroubled by reality. So when this month the route was changed to directly affect Doncaster, we were sure…
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