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Taxpayers to pay millions to recreate five holes of an historic golf course which will be destroyed to make way for HS2​

25 September, 2016

golf course Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is to be lavished on saving a golf course cut in half by the new High Speed Two rail scheme. Whittington Heath Golf Course in Lichfield, Staffordshire – one of the oldest in England – will lose five of its 18 holes along with its historic clubhouse when the rail track is built directly across its land. But the Government has come to the club’s rescue by agreeing to recreate the lost holes on…

HS2 lurches on down the track​

24 September, 2016

hs2 rail tracks_7 September has not been a great month for HS2. Early on, Simon Kirby quit his job as CEO of HS2 Ltd to join Rolls Royce. Then towards the end of September Lord O’Neil, minister for the Northern Powerhouse resigned from the Government. Lord O’Neill was brought in as a junior Treasury minister by the previous administration. Prior to his appointment, he had been sceptical about HS2, believing that improving east - west links, i.e. HS3 was more important. It is…

Now George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse minister QUITS the government amid complaints Theresa May is dismantling ex-Chancellor’s legacy​

23 September, 2016

jim oneill George Osborne's minister for the Northern Powerhouse has quit the government amid complaints that Theresa May is dismantling the former Chancellor's legacy. Lord O'Neill, a former Goldman Sachs economist who was appointed by Mr Osborne last May, resigned saying he wanted to play a role outside of government.  He has also left the Conservative Party and will sit as a crossbencher in future. Mrs May has been seen as trying to draw a line under the David Cameron and Osborne…

Healey secures promise on HS2 station​

23 September, 2016

John Healey MP Pproposals a second South Yorkshire station along the route of the planned high speed rail line are set to take a significant step forward. Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has been promised the Government will commission a study into the idea of a station on the HS2 line as it runs close to the existing M18 motorway. HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins floated the idea in a report earlier this year as he recommended the scrapping of the previous…

Despite enthusiasm, HS2 ‘has the weakest economic case of all projects’​

23 September, 2016

rail workers The economic justification for HS2 has been slammed in a letter from the chair of the Treasury Select Committee to the transport secretary. Andrew Tyrie told Chris Grayling that the DfT has failed to “comprehensively examine” whether increasing conventional rail capacity would offer better value for money. The DfT has claimed the higher cost of HS2 is justified by the economic benefits of faster journeys between UK cities, but Tyrie points out that reports from the Treasury Select Committee and the University of…

Treasury Committee finds HS2 and clear answers are not natural bedfellows​

23 September, 2016

????????????????????????????????????????? The Treasury Select Committee remains to be convinced about the case for HS2. Its Chairman, Andrew Tyrie, has written to Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, about the economic case for HS2. "The economic justification for High Speed 2 is not supported by the evidence so far presented by the Government. In the last Parliament, the Treasury Committee examined the proposals for HS2 and exposed the lack of rigour in the economic case. In particular, the Committee took evidence from…

Warning HS2 plans in Camden will claim more council homes than first thought​

22 September, 2016

euston station lines HS2 is considering demolishing dozens more homes than first expected on a council estate, the Town Hall has warned, writes Tom Foot. With weeks to go before the first phase of demolition is due to start in Euston, residents in 65 flats in Cartmel, on the Regent’s Park Estate, have been told their homes could also be bulldozed as part of the £56billion railway project. A letter from Camden Council said that Cartmel in Hampstead Road could be knocked down…

‘HS2 failed to tell us our houses would be demolished’ – Mexborough residents’ heartbreak over route plans​

22 September, 2016

shimmer estate A number of Mexborough residents who could have their houses knocked down under plans for the high speed rail route to go through the Dearne say they have been left angry and heartbroken after HS2 Ltd failed to inform them they would be affected. When news of the proposed re-routing of the HS2 line through Mexborough broke in July, hundreds living on the partially-finished Shimmer Housing Estate were left feeling shocked and stunned as they woke to letters informing them…

HS2: A waste of money or a much welcome economic boost for the North East?​

22 September, 2016

newcastle 1 Divides have emerged north and south of the Tyne over the benefits of high speed rail for the region Rifts over high speed rail have emerged at the top table of North East politics. Leaders of the regional combined authority did not quite see eye to eye when they met to discuss the multi-billion pound HS2 project on Tuesday. Nick Forbes, the transport lead for the North East Combined Authority and leader of Newcastle City Council, echoed a report prepared by HS2 East in…

HS2 Proposed platform height​

22 September, 2016

euston new Dear Department for Transport, On 19th May 2016 Andrew McNaughton, the Technical Director of HS2, told the House of Lords committee considering the HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill :- [transcript] "335. On step-free access, that is absolutely our objective in the 21st century. I believe it has been the subject of comment by other Lords. How would you ever come forward with a proposal which had steps in it in the 21st century? We are currently working with the European…
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