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HS2: Derby may still benefit from HS2 college if bid falters, says Transport Minister​

line with fence Baroness Kramer has continued on her tour along the the proposed route for HS2 with the same upbeat message that somehow everyone is going to gain from the project. She indicated that Derby could still feel the benefit of a proposed college to train engineers working on HS2 even if the city is not selected as its location. Even the government's own report on HS2 produced by KPMG last year indicated many parts of the country would be worse off…

John Bercow: I will continue the fight to protect community from HS2​

hs2 john bercow In my 17 years as a Member of Parliament, I have seen a great many campaigns come and go – issues of great concern to constituents, both national and local. The single biggest issue I have dealt with, however, is High Speed 2 – a policy which, as readers know all too well, will have a truly devastating impact on our area. Just last week I wrote to some 800 constituents about the progress of the project. As you might…

Staffordshire: HS2 fight goes on say council chiefs​

kingsash Council chiefs have vowed to keep fighting the HS2 project after a new compensation scheme for residents was announced.  HS2 Ltd say residents affected by the high speed train proposals will get a ‘fair deal’, and has also announced details of a Residents’ Charter, together with the appointment of an Independent Residents Commissioner to support people living along phase one of the route. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economy chief, said: “We are opposed to HS2 and the county council…

The Petitioning Process​

cheryl gillan 3 A lot of constituents who are directly and specially affected by the HS2 project are now waiting for the petitioning process to begin. The HS2 Hybrid Bill is going to be heard in the Commons on 28 April and once this takes place then the petitioning process starts. This will allow my constituents to object to the Bill’s provisions and seek its amendment through petitioning. If you are affected, then keep checking my website – www.cherylgillan.co.uk – where I will…

Government rules out petitions against scrapping HS1 link as part of HS2 Hybrid Bill process​

bill Those affected by the proposed new high speed rail link between London and the West Midlands (HS2) will not be able to petition parliament about whether or not a link with the existing HS1 route to the Channel Tunnel (i.e. the spur from Old Oak Common to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link) should be scrapped, it has emerged. 11 Apr 2014 The government has set out proposed details of the petitioning process, including proposed instructions to the select committee that will…

Government will mislead Parliament if it does not publish secret HS2 reports before vote​

hs2 nparliamentary debate While the Information Commission has announced a legal challenge against a Government decision to block the release of secret HS2 reports, the Stop HS2 campaign has demanded that the vote on the second reading of the Hybrid Bill should not go ahead until the reports are made available to MPs. In January, the Government used a veto to block the publication of the November 2011 Major Projects Authority report which rated HS2 as ‘amber-red’, after the Information Commissioner had ruled that it…

High-speed rail debate could drag on into wee small hours, Speaker warns​

bercow 2 Speaker John Bercow says he is willing for MPs to sit until the early hours to debate the £50bn HS2 rail link – which will connect London with Yorkshire – amid concerns there is not enough time scheduled.   Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said he will table a motion to allow the principles of the high-speed rail link to be debated on Monday, April 28 until 11pm – an hour later than is normally scheduled for sittings. Mr Bercow said…

HS2AA Raises Defective ES with Parliamentary Authorities​

parliament from thames The report provided by Golders Associates to Members of Parliament earlier this week on the Phase 1 Environmental Statement marked a new low in the HS2 project. The document took a little over 100 pages to summarise 22,000 plus responses to a 50,000 page Environmental Statement. This report is important as it is the only document provided to Members of Parliament summarising the environmental impacts of HS2 prior to the vote on April 28th in the House of Commons on…

Daily Mail Comment: Ministers’ outrageous secrecy over HS2​

canal What can be so damning in the Government’s own cost-benefit analysis of the planned HS2 high-speed rail link that ministers would go to such extraordinary lengths to suppress it? When campaigners first requested access to this innocent-sounding civil service document under Freedom of Information laws, they were flatly refused. Then a demand for its release by the Information Commissioner was vetoed under powers last used to stop publication of Cabinet papers covering the Iraq war. The cost-benefit analysis of the…

Dates for petitioning HS2 hybrid bill announced by Parliament​

parliament debate This morning, at a legal briefing for MPs, the dates for HS2 petitioning and the names of the Hybrid Bill Committee were given. Petitioning dates vary for different groups. Businesses and local authorities (apart from parish councils) will be able to submit petitions from 29 April to 16 May 2014. Everyone else will be able to submit them from 29th April to 23 May. The HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee have been named as: Henry Bellingham, Peter Bottomley, Ian Mearns, Yasmin Qureshi, Robert…
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