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Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans​

washwood MPs have hailed a breakthrough for Birmingham jobs after a Government committee chair called on HS2 to adjust plans for a train maintenance depot in Birmingham so that unwanted land can be freed up for development. The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held to provide a marshalling yard , called the Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot (RSMD) for Britain’s high speed rail network. But Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne and his colleagues have long argued that the site is much too large for HS2’s…

Bucks MPs Continue HS2 Campaigns​

houses rail line Buckinghamshire's MPs are still working to get the best deal for people affected by HS2. David Lidington and Cheryl Gillan say they're trying to improve compensation schemes and are preparing for the HS2 select committee hearings in the new year. The Chesham and Amersham MP has been writing to the Transport Secretary about delays to one scheme. He says it's better to start it in the New Year, rather than at Christmas. David Lidington has joined forces with the Speaker…

Lidington: It beggars belief that HS2 Ltd were up for award​

liddington Aylesbury MP David Lidington says it ‘beggars belief’ that HS2 Ltd were nominated for a community engagement award. Although the government agency did not ultimately win the award, Mr Lidington said the fact they were nominated at all by publishers Rail Media was ‘shocking in light of their attitude toward community engagement’. The Europe Minister said: “While I was relieved to see that HS2 Ltd did not, in the end, receive an award, I was amazed that they were ever…

HS2 is a big draw​

HS2 train going left 20110903_LDP002_0[2]_6 At this early stage, eight months into Network Rail’s current five year funding period [Control Period 5], the cost estimates of many of its programmes have not yet been determined, said rail minister Claire Perry on December 16. [Railways: Infrastructure: Written question – 218298, response by Claire Perry] Network Rail continues to develop the Rail Investment Strategy programme with the Department and review costs with the Office of Rail Regulation. The Transport Secretary has been clear these projects should be delivered within…

Compensation scheme – what a difference a year makes​

HS1 wall_9 A new compensation scheme for those affected by Phase 1 of HS2, which was originally meant to have been in place by ‘Autumn 2014’ will now come out in January. The letter sent out to those affected states: “Given the busy nature of the Christmas period, with many people away from home visiting family and friends, we want to ensure that residents and communities who may be affected by HS2 do not receive information in a piecemeal way and that everyone…

New HS2 compensation scheme to be in place in January. Maybe.​

hs2 lichfield viaduct 2 A new compensation scheme for those affected by Phase 1 of HS2, which was originally meant to have been in place by ‘Autumn 2014’ will supposedly be in place in January 2015, according to HS2 Ltd. On 16th December, HS2 Ltd sent this email to some of the residents effected by HS2: “Dear Stakeholder You will wish to be aware that after careful consideration, the Secretary of State for Transport has decided that the launch of the discretionary schemes to assist those…

HS2 compensation scheme launch delayed​

hs2 blurred image_18 A compensation scheme for residents affected by the route of the planned HS2 high speed rail link will not be launched until the new year. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan in a letter that the scheme will now begin in January. He had earlier indicated the scheme - to provide compensation to people whose lives would be blighted from living close to the proposed line - would start "by the end of 2014". People…

HS2 Ltd annual spend rises to £208m​

money Government company HS2 Ltd has spent more than £440m since it was incorporated in January 2009, according to its latest annual report. The company, which is entirely grant-aid funded by the DfT, received £208.4m for the financial year ended 31 March 2014. Expenditure has grown exponentially since the project started to take shape: from £9.4m (2010); to £14.6m (2011); £33.9m (2012); and £176.4m (2013). The total DfT payout to date comes to £442.8m. Transportextra 17 December

Conservation chief: ‘Chilterns face most uncertain times yet’​

Proposed tunnel entrance site at Mantles Wood on the planned route for HS2 Railway Volunteers are being urged to come forward and protect the Chilterns countryside from some of its biggest threats yet. Chilterns Conservation Board has cited HS2, uncertainties of the farming and forestry economies and the looming demand as three of the biggest dangers to the area. Steve Rodrick retired at the end of December after 20 years, first as Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (AONB) officer and then chief officer of the board. He has worked at protecting and promoting the Chilterns and…

The Euston Challenge​

euston It has become increasingly clear that despite all the assurances coming from HS2 Ltd and the DfT, how to bring HS2 into Euston station is proving a tough nut to crack. With so much in the air, Direct General of High Speed 2 Group David Prout’s statement to a recent session of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that the Euston redevelopment to accommodate HS2 would come in on budget, seemed complacent in the extreme. Stop HS2’s view Sir…
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