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Andrea Leadsom: Support for HS2 Action Alliance Proposals​

12 February, 2016

Andrea-Leadsom I have written to Robert Syms MP, Chair of the HS2 Select Committee, to lend my support to the ideas behind the proposals put forward by the HS2 Action Alliance group. HS2AA have done excellent work on behalf of residents in South Northamptonshire to investigate the complex issues surrounding the construction and operation of the proposed high speed line. I am particularly grateful to Hilary Wharf, Andrew Bodman and Emma Crane for their dedicated engagement to securing better compensation and…

‘It’s not all about the Northern Powerhouse – The Government needs to keep the Midlands Engine stoked as well’​

11 Februay, 2016

train image 2 2016 is the year that the Government must deliver for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, a conference into the future of business in the East Midlands has declared. Thousands of manufacturing and logistics jobs could be created due to improved roads and rail infrastructure, with plans for the region to play a pivotal role in the development of HS2 over the next two decades. But manufacturing in the county is struggling to find appropriately qualified and skilled applicants, and more needs to…

MP says Bassetlaw will be left in ‘no-man’s land’ by HS2 line-up proposals​

11 Februay, 2016

john mann The new Midlands Engine for Growth strategy has been announced, with major spending proposals that will connect the Midlands to HS2 - but the plan has nothing for Bassetlaw. I’m not really surprised at all by this because it’s exactly what I have been warning of. There is no reference to connectivity with the A1, the East Coast Mainline, the proposed HS2 station at Sheffield or Meadowhall, or to Robin Hood Airport. If our money goes with the proposed North…

Government responds to HS2 property concerns​

11 Februay, 2016

Crossrail bridge The Government has responded to concerns raised by the House of Commons Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill in its First Special Report on December 17 2015, regarding compensation for property owners affected by the construction of HS2. Among its responses, the Government says it will undertake a review of the language in the Need to Sell (NTS) scheme, in order to “reduce the perception of it being uninviting or daunting in terms of the evidential…

‘We want a thorough understanding of local issues’: HS2 recruiting ‘go to’ people for communities​

10 February, 2016

farming cla A team of ‘dedicated community engagement specialists’ is to be recruited by HS2 Ltd to ‘understand and respond to the views of people’ living along its route. The eleven specialist roles will be based in regions along the proposed route for phase one of HS2, between London and the West Midlands. Their primary role will be to ‘ensure that HS2 is both talking and listening to all those who are affected by the project in their area’, the government body…

Mayor of London opens Crossrail and HS2 public consultation​

9 February, 2016

tracks 5 The Mayor of London will consult members of the public about the High Speed 2 and Crossrail development at Old Oak and Park Royal. Boris Johnson expects the development, which includes one of the largest new stations to be built in the UK, will help to deliver 25,500 new homes. The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has issued plan for the area with a consultation period running until 31st March. Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and…

Keeping HS2 costs on track looks like a juggling act​

9 February, 2016

money The Public Committee has always seen through the bluster surrounding HS2. In September, 2013 its report on the project observed – The programme’s large contingency appears to be compensating for weak cost information. The Department is 95% confident that it will stay within the £42.6 billion indicative budget it has agreed with HM Treasury for the full Y-network (excluding the £7.5 billion cost of trains). This figure includes £14.4 billion (a third of the total budget) for contingencies, although even this…

HS2 and the South West​

9 February, 2016

somerset-floods The recent Commons debate on the Great Western Railway routes highlighted the enormous disparity between infrastructure investment in the regions and HS2. The latest gross cost for HS2, including Barnett formula payments, is £61.3bn. This means that the contribution from taxpayers across the region’s 22 parliamentary constituencies will be just over £2bn. Even the most fervent supporters of HS2 will be hard pressed to say what the taxpayers of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset will get for their money. Indeed, it…

South West MPs urged to rebel over HS2 until region gets £7 billion investment​

9 February, 2016

train image 2 Tory MPs from the West should rebel over the HS2 high speed rail link unless David Cameron and George Osborne live up to their promises for investment in the region, a former minister has said. Labour's only MP in Devon and Cornwall, Ben Bradshaw, last night warned his neighbouring Tories that they could lose their seats if the Government does not deliver on promised funding for railways in the region. The Prime Minister and Chancellor made "grandiose" promises of £7…
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