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Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 25 November​

select committee 2   Time Business 9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) BillHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Water Orton Parish Council, Water Orton HS2 Action Group, Coleshill Town Council and the Coleshill HS2 Action Group, Coleshill HS2 Action Group, Edward and Linda Franklin and Stop HS2

High-speed trains ‘will stop at Euston’, boss insists​

euston aerial The boss of HS2, the high-speed train project, has insisted that services will operate from Euston. Minutes from a recent meeting of rail bosses suggested plans to expand the central London station had been put on hold because of disagreements about the cost and design. It led to fears that the controversial line might terminate at Old Oak Common in west London. But Sir David Higgins has told the BBC that will not happen. "It's simply about capacity. There's not…

Derbyshire residents must wait another year for decision on plans to bulldoze HS2 homes​

hs2 construction vehicles_1 Residents living on the planned route of HS2 must wait another year to find out if their houses are going to be demolished to make way for the high-speed line. HS2 officials told a public meeting at Killamarsh Leisure Centre that the route going up through Derbyshire into South Yorkshire is unlikely to be finalised until late next year, after the General Election has taken place. Angry residents, who were first told their houses may be compulsorily purchased almost two…

Lords travel to Manchester to hear the case for HS2​

hs2 train image The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week relocate to Manchester for a day of evidence on HS2 from Manchester Town Hall. The Committee will take evidence between 11:00am and 15:00pm on Tuesday 25 November from 11 witnesses in four sessions as they explore the potential economic impact of HS2 on various areas of the UK. Giving evidence to the Committee will be: 11:00am Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council Mike Blackburn, Deputy Chairman, North West Business…

Euston – the problem that won’t go away​

euston above The Sunday Telegraph reports today that HS2 Ltd has been forced to scrap plans for its London terminus at Euston, dealing the high-speed rail project a potentially fatal blow. Rupert Walker, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail’s development director for Euston, says design work on the station has been “stopped” because HS2 “simply couldn’t get the costs and benefits of the scheme to balance in an affordable way.” Mr Walker said the proposed scheme was “not a fundable option”, adding that…

Economic Affairs Select Committee HS2 hearings in Manchester – 25 November​

manchester town hall The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week relocate to Manchester for a day of evidence on HS2 from Manchester Town Hall.  Witnesses will include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council. The Committee will take evidence between 11:00am and 15:00pm on Tuesday 25 November from 11 witnesses in four sessions as they explore the potential economic impact of HS2 on various areas of the UK. Giving evidence to the Committee will be: 11:00am Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City…

HS2 hits Burton Green as villagers sell up​

burton green A long- feared mass exodus of Burton Green has begun as HS2 drives out 14 families - including former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The village is one of the most affected along the London to Birmingham route, with 61 houses lying within 120 metres of the proposed track. The village was promised a 50m extension at either side of the proposed ‘cut and cover’ tunnel through the village in new mitigation measures. But villagers say this will help only a…

The elephant is still in the room and it’s a white one​

POLITICS Rail  141228 A new report has claimed that high speed rail in the UK would be “far from being a white elephant” after analysing the impact of similar schemes in Europe. The study by the Independent Transport Commission believes that high speed rail can be of benefit to the regions. The report, called Ambitions and Opportunities: Understanding the Spatial Effects of High Speed Rail, involved looking at cities and regions currently connected by high speed rail in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.…

London Alliance – a fair deal for London on HS2 compensation​

london aerial Last week saw the launch of the London Alliance, a cross-party group of London MPs and councils set up by Camden Council whose aim is to secure a fair deal for London on HS2 compensation.  We have posted an e-petition calling for a fair deal for London on the Government website. The e-petition is available to sign at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71100  If you agree that London deserves a fair deal, please sign the petition and promote it as widely as possible among people who…

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 20 November​

select committee 2 Time Business 9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) BillHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill -Sir William Cash MP and HS2 Action Alliance Ltd
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