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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…

Council launches petition against moving Heathrow Express train depot to Langley​

slough A petition against government plans to build a depot for Heathrow Express trains in Langley has been submitted by Slough Borough Council. As part of the High Speed 2 (HS2) project, the parliamentary bill proposed moving the depot from its current location in Old Oak Common in London to an area which is north east of Langley Station. Joe Carter, assistant director of assets, infrastructure and regeneration at Slough Borough Council, said the council has ‘major concerns about the impact of the…

Conference drive to get HS2 to Scotland​

train pic It is somewhat ironic that the political party most unequivocal in its support for HS2 is finding the least encouragement for its position. The SNP is fully behind the project extending into Scotland yet within days of the election, it was reported that there was no business case for taking the line beyond England. Bodies such as the Public Accounts Committee, the Treasury Select Committee and the House of Economic Affairs Committee are yet to be convinced there is a…

Cheshire: Culcheth community group backs petition handed to Parliament over proposed HS2 spur​

canal A COMMUNITY group bidding to stop the 'devastating' effect of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail route has backed a public petition which has been submitted to Parliament. Culcheth and District Rail Action Group (CADRAG) wants the Government to reconsider its plans for the spur. CADRAG members, along with community groups in Trafford and Lowton, drew up a petition, which has been handed to the House of Commons by Altrincham and Sale West MP Graham Brady. The spur was set…

Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan is contacted by The Clerk of the HS2 Select Committee​

cheryl latest I have been contacted by the Clerk of the HS2 Select Committee on the visit by the new three Committee members to Chesham and Amersham on 10 August. Unfortunately, the bus could not visit all scheduled stops owing to a shortage of time, but the Clerk has devised a filming opportunity for those who missed out at Bury Farm. His email is as follows: In essence, the Committee arranged one community stop, so that the programme would be manageable, although…

Supplementary Environmental Statement – consultation deadline extended​

colne valley 1 HS2 Ltd has extended the deadline for responses to its Supplementary Environmental Statement consultation by three weeks until September 18. The reason for the extension is due to the omission of some bat surveys from the original documents. As a result, extra time is being allowed for the updated document to be consulted on. Further information, and a link to all the documents. 21 August    

Warwickshire County Council submits new petition​

HS1 wall Warwickshire County Council has lodged a petition to Parliament against the proposed amendments to the HS2 phase one scheme. The petition contains the county council’s summary of objections to certain aspects of the HS2 hybrid Bill amendments, known as Additional Provisions or AP2. Petitioning the HS2 select committee is the chance to secure mitigation, compensation and amendments to the scheme. Warwickshire County Council is petitioning on the basis that it intends to protect the county from the many impacts of the scheme. It…

Environmental Statement Consultation extended due to mistakes​

chequers Yesterday, the Department for Transport extended the environmental statement consultation for Additional Provisions 2 to 18th September. This was not out of some change of heart, but because they had missed out information on bat surveys in Bernwood Forest and Radstone. Bernwood Forest is home to the rare Bechstein’s bats, and the damage from HS2 to the environment where they live has long been of concern to environmentalists. It is not unusual for HS2 consultations to contain mistakes. The earlier consultation for environmental statement…
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