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Chilterns tunnel case goes before the select committee – 30 June​

train and tunnel Aylesbury MP David Lidington will be making an 'informal' presentation to the HS2 Select Committee today to put forward the case for an extended tunnel. Under the current plans, the tunnel will only run under South Bucks, with the line becoming overground near Great Missenden and then running past Wendover. The extended tunnel would stay underground until Stoke Mandeville, thereby protecting the whole of the Chilterns and also many residents along the route. He said "There are people in Wendover Dean,…

Major Projects Authority annual report 2014/2015 – HS2 stays at amber/red​

cabinet office Just like buses you can wait for ages for an MPA report into HS2 to arrive, then loads come along all at once. After years of resistance, the 2011 and 2012 were finally published this month and hot on their heels comes the Authority’s 2014/15 annual report. In a Parliamentary debate on HS2 earlier this year, the Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill, informed MPs that publishing the 2011 and 2012 reports would not be particularly illuminating as…

Cheryl Gillan hits out at HS2 bill​

cheryl latest A member of Parliament has criticised the HS2 bill process after changes to it were made at the last minute. Additional information about the provisions of the HS2 bill, which will give the go ahead for work on the controversial project to be built, was only received shortly before it was due to be debated in parliament on June 24. Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, says that this should not have happened without the select committee of MPs,…

Leeds MP agrees that HS2 is the wrong priority for the North​

train line horizon BBC Sunday Politics (Yorks & Lincs) interviews Greg Mulholland (LibDem, Leeds North West) and Craig Whittaker (Con, Calder Valley) Interview by Tim Iredale, 28th June 2015. To watch the interview click here

Midland Mainline: Cinderella not going to the ball, because of HS2​

tracks 3 East Midlands loses out as plans for electrification of the Midland Mainline are shelved. Many now suggest it would be better to cancel HS2 which is sucking out the transport budget. BBC Sunday Politics (East Midlands), 28th June 2015. Watch the news item click here

Time for MPs to take HS2 concerns on board​

Lt Missenden Village If members of the HS2 Select Committee weren't already well aware of the strength of feeling in Bucks against the proposed high speed rail line coming our way, they surely do now. They will have already known from the sheer number of people who have petitioned them against the highly controversial, multi billion pound proposals that there is a great deal of opposition to it within the county. Indeed, of the 2,000 or so people to have sent in petitions…

HS2 keeps on rolling but at what cost?​

tracks To describe the last day or so as a tipping point for HS2 may be an exaggeration or simply wishful thinking by those challenging the scheme when one considers the relentless juggernaut in question. In the time since January, 2012 when the project was given the green light, its most resilient characteristic is an unquenchable desire to spend taxpayers’ money. There is an inescapable impression of the nation being forced to rush headlong down the track towards a vison of…

How Network Rail lost out to high-speed brain drain​

network rail As Network Rail was embarking last year on its biggest modernisation project since the Victorian era, its chief executive Sir David Higgins quit — poached by High Speed 2, the company responsible for building one of the fastest and most expensive railways in Europe. Sir David, who also had the delivery of the 2012 London Olympics on his CV, was only one of several senior Network Rail staff to leave the company for the more glamorous, taxpayer-funded HS2 project. Another…

New fears arise that UK rail financial crisis will hit HS2​

staffs viaduct Fresh evidence has emerged that the financial crisis that crashed plans for a rail link to build a northern powerhouse is set to embroil HS2, with documents showing that officials have spent £1.3m on a review to reassure ministers of its viability. Department for Transport (DfT) figures suggest that doubts among officials have grown that the planned high-speed rail link from London to the north can keep within its £42bn budget and provide the promised economic stimulus. In November 2014 the department spent £990,000…

Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, calls for answers over HS2 costs​

cheryl gillan 5 Cheryl Gillan is to call for an updated analysis of HS2's costs after major rail upgrade plans will be delayed. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced on Thursday work to electrify the Transpennine route would be "paused", with Network Rail admitting the project would cost more than originally thought. Mrs Gillan said this raises questions as to the affordability of HS2, which will cut through her constituency. Reports from 2011 and 2012 which raised concerns over the cost of HS2 were revealed…
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