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HS2 event in Kenilworth saw people queuing out the door​

3 May, 2016

train bridge 2 A recent HS2 community event in Kenilworth was so busy at times that attendees were queuing out the door to get in. The event, held at the Kenilworth Centre last week, saw almost 500 people pass through its doors over the course of six hours to speak to experts from the high speed rail project. And although turnout was high, some criticised the relatively small venue the consultation was held in. Chair of Trustees at the Kenilworth Centre John Whitehouse…

Update: Work could begin on huge HS2 construction compound next year​

3 May, 2016

watford Work on a huge construction compound for the controversial HS2 project could start early next year. The compound will be built on the edge of Three Rivers to allow engineers to work on the Chiltern Tunnel. And officers at Hertfordshire County Council say a timetable shows workmen could arrive on site early next year. County council officials add: “This is of high importance as the site compound for the Colne Valley will be constructed first. “The compound will support seven satellite compounds.…

HS2 should be run by the French​

3 May, 2016

train at station Has Jeremy Heywood been given a poisoned chalice to review HS2 (HS2 budget scrutinised by head of civil service, 3 May)? It has almost become an article of religious railway faith that HS2 must be good for Britain, whatever the cost. Never mind how else the money could be spent – on housing, schools, hospitals etc – nor the operating subsidy HS2 will need. As many of our rail services are operated by French, Dutch and German companies, perhaps as with…

Heywood called in to cut £55bn bill for HS2: Cabinet Secretary told to slash costs of the controversial line over fears it cannot be completed within its budget​

3 May, 2016

money Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is reviewing the HS2 rail link He's looking to slash further costs from the line, it was claimed last night Fears are growing that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget  Britain’s top civil servant is reviewing the HS2 rail link as fears grow that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget. Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is looking to slash further costs from the controversial line, it was claimed last night.  He is…

Top UK civil servant reviews HS2 project​

2 May, 2016

jeremy heywood Britain’s most senior civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is reviewing HS2 as fears grow that the high-speed railway cannot be built within its £55bn budget in its current form. Heywood, the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, has been quietly investigating HS2 in an effort to cut costly elements. He is expected to report to ministers by the summer. Campaigners opposed to the project believe this couldlead to less compensation for businesses and homeowners whose properties are affected by…

Is the captain leaving a sinking train​

1 May, 2016

david higgins The Sunday Telegraph reports today that HS2 Ltd has denied that its Chairman, Sir David Higgins, will be leaving his job. However, the spokesperson refused to say how long he would remain or make any further comment. The exchange was prompted by the appearance of a job opportunity with regard to the post of Chairman of HS2 Ltd in the 28 April edition of the Cabinet Office’s public appointments bulletin. The bulletin stated the job is “expected to be advertised in…

Could eleven wild hedgehogs spike HS2′s new depot? Euston plan under threat from tiny group of animals in nearby park​

1 May, 2016

hedgehog Hedgehogs are latest prickly problem to hit £50billion high-speed railway London Zoo animal experts join opponents of the HS2 project in protest Tiny group of wild hedgehogs live in the zoo's inner-city car park in London Warnings they could be 'devastated' by HS2 plans to create a lorry depot A tiny group of hedgehogs living in an inner-city car park have become the latest prickly problem to hit the £50 billion High Speed Two rail scheme. Animal experts at London Zoo…

HS2: Materials by rail study and HS2 Ltd engagement events​

29 April, 2016

euston plan Camden Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority have been engaged with HS2 Ltd’s study to consider options for transporting materials in and out of HS2 construction sites by rail. The study is one of our assurances secured as part of the Parliamentary process. HS2 Ltd has agreed to consider maximising the use of rail instead of roads for the removal and delivery of construction and excavation materials. HS2 Ltd is committed to producing a Local Traffic Management…

HS2 information event 14 May 2016: Demolition of National Temperance Hospital – Euston​

29 April, 2016

euston new We are holding information events so you can find out more and ask questions about the project and what it means for Euston. High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. This event is an opportunity for you to find out more about the project and what it means for your local area. Find out about the demolition of National Temperance Hospital: This building in Hampstead Road will need to be demolished to make way for…

Charity could be another victim of HS2​

29 April, 2016

charity HS2 isn't just threatening homes, it's threatening charities in Buckinghamshire, too. That's according to one group based in Stoke Mandeville - Animal Antiks. They help young people with special needs get ready for work using animals, but their site sits right by where the track would be. It's making everything a bit uncertain for co-founders Sarah Kettlety and Katrina Greig-Young. Sarah said: “We’ve worked hard for three years building Animal Antiks, a charity that supports special young people, growing their confidence…
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