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HS2 shortlists consultants for phase two​

23 August, 2016

train tunnel The HS2 client body has shortlisted consultants to bid for two key professional services deals worth over £500m on the next phases of the route to the north. The winning firms will work on civils and environmental design of the sections between Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds, via Sheffield and the East Midlands. A separate development contract, expected to be worth £130m-£170m, will also be awarded to provide support to HS2 in managing work to enable a hybrid Bill…

Potential HS2 effect and ‘poor design’ reasons for withdrawal of 86-home development in Perry Barr​

23 August, 2016

housing Plans to build 86 new affordable homes in Perry Barr have been withdrawn. The land at the corner of Wellhead Lane and Aston Lane, near to the Job Centre, was earmarked by developer Westleigh Partnerships Limited for the erection of dwellings, associated access roads and parking. However, the proposals fell short for a number of reasons, with case officer Stuart Morgans saying "the development is poor". In his 28-page report ahead of the verdict, Mr Morgans said the application "has…

May tells Camden Council leader she is ‘fully committed’ to HS2​

22 August, 2016

euston station lines Camden Council has accused the government of ignoring residents’ concerns about HS2 after both prime minister Theresa May and transport secretary Chris Grayling reaffirmed their commitment to the project. Camden, which is the home of Euston station, has repeatedly raised concerns with HS2 Ltd and the DfT about the scheme’s impact on the area. Despite securing over 100 assurances, it is petitioning the House of Lords, which is expected to pass the HS2 Bill soon, for more measures to reduce the project’s…

HS2 and the PM​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 The timing of the Prime Minister’s comments appearing in the Yorkshire Post on topics including HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse is revealing. It must be the case that she has been briefed by Sir Jeremy Heywood on his review of HS2, instigated, no doubt, by the Treasury’s growing concern over the cost of a single high-speed rail scheme heading for the stratosphere. It will be astonishing if Sir Jeremy’s conclusions drawn from his scrutiny do not come up with recommendations…

Hampstead could be besieged with lorries as HS2 shortlists O2 Centre carpark as ‘holding area’​

22 August, 2016

train pic 5 Hampstead residents face the prospect of hundreds of HGVs thundering down Finchley Road twice a day for years to come after the O2 centre car park was named by HS2 as a potential lorry holding area for the construction of the railway. The carpark is one of five Camden sites being considered by HS2 Limited as an additional holding area on its shortlist of seven. The other Camden sites shortlisted are in the south of the borough in Hampstead Road,…

PM: Northern Powerhouse, HS2 and metro mayors still part of plan​

22 August, 2016

teresa may Prime minister Theresa May appears to have quashed rumours about the demise of the Northern Powerhouse and the end of metro mayors, with two columns in regional newspapers that came out in support of both projects. Ms May put transport front and centre in both columns, as she committed to HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse brand – the brainchild of former chancellor George Osborne. And despite previous fears being raised over mayoral deadlines and reports The Times that plans for combined authority…

HS2 not good value for the city​

22 August, 2016

denise jeffery From: Coun Denise Jeffery, Cabinet member for economic skills and growth, Wakefield Council. I share the concerns of Wakefield Council leader Peter Box and the many residents who are deeply worried about the proposed plans for HS2. There have been claims that protesters are ‘scaremongering’, but I believe there are valid reasons why we should question and challenge plans for the railway line. We should not shy away from questioning the path of the route – as local communities are…

Ed Miliband – back to Meadowhall whatever the cost​

22 August, 2016

money The Rotherham Advertiser reported on Friday that Doncaster MP, Ed Miliband, was increasing his efforts with respect to challenging the revised route of the HS2 line as it passes through South Yorkshire, calling for a return to the Meadowhall option. From his comments his commitment to HS2 has not wavered. His objection is based solely on the fact that the revised route would directly affect his constituents. Prior to 7 July he had no problem with those living in West…

MP challenges HS2 over ‘lack of communication with residents’​

19 August, 2016

caroline spelman Following the recent House of Lords Select Committee Meetings on the High Speed Rail Bill, local MP, Caroline Spelman, met with Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2, to challenge HS2 Ltd.’s record of communication with local residents and community organisations. Mrs Spelman’s challenge to Sir David came just days after the House of Lords Select Committee upheld a motion to prevent Members of Parliament from presenting a joint petition to the committee on HS2. In her letter to Sir David,…

“We need to put up a united front to fight HS2″​

19 August, 2016

Bramley HS2 protest 24 Campaigners whose homes could be bulldozed to make way for HS2 hope to club together and put up a “united front” against the proposals. Residents in Bramley held a meeting last week and agreed to contact groups from across the area in the hope of creating a “louder voice”. A petition set up by people in the village has already attracted more than 2,000 signatures but Hellaby ward councillor Jenny Andrews said they were now hoping to speak to people…
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