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House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee – 28 October​

hol select committee Subject: Economic Case for HS2Witness(es): (at 3pm) evidence will be heard from Professor Henry Overman, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE and (at approximately 4pm) from Alison Munro, HS2 Ltd and David Prout, Director General of the HS2 Group, Department for Transport. Location: Room 1, Palace of Westminster 2.55pm

Hybril Bill Select Committee – 28 October​

select committee 2 High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Subject: High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Witness(es): Warwickshire County Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council Location: Room 5, Palace of Westminster

Exclusive: ‘Waste of billions’ if local rail is not improved​

hs2 rail tracks_3 Ministers have been warned they are at risk of wasting billions of pounds on high speed rail unless they also invest in significant improvements to Yorkshire’s local network. Council leaders in the region have told the Government its focus on trading off cuts in local services in some areas to fund improvements elsewhere in Yorkshire is “inconsistent” with Ministers’ calls on the region to make itself “HS2 ready”. They are arguing that while the investment in a new high speed…

High speed rail ‘tsar’ to spark fresh controversy with new HS2 route and stations recommendations​

HS1 track 096_9 The Government’s high speed rail 'tsar' Sir David Higgins will spark fresh controversy on Monday when he sets out details of his recommended route and stations for the Northern half of the controversial £50billion HS2 line.  The Y-shaped second phase of the route is to run from Birmingham to Leeds in the East and Manchester in the West.  But Sir David is also set to outline plans for an additional West to East express train route - dubbed ‘HS3’ -…

HS2: Phase two report proposes new station for Crewe​

staffs viaduct A report into the route of the second phase of the controversial fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station be built in Crewe. It means a bid by council leaders for Stoke to be included on the line is likely to be rejected. Monday's announcement is set to recommend sticking with a plan to split the line in two after the London to Birmingham stage opens in 2026. HS2 will then be extended to Manchester and…

Building HS2 station at Meadowhall ‘would put Sheffield at competitive disadvantage’​

julie dore Building Sheffield’s proposed HS2 station at Meadowhall would put the city at a ‘competitive disadvantage’ to its northern neighbours, council leader Julie Dore has said. Speaking ahead of the publication of Sir David Higgins’ next HS2 report on Monday, Coun Dore said the Government should reconsider its current plans to put Sheffield’s HS2 station at Meadowhall instead of the city centre. She said: “Under current plans Sheffield’s HS2 station is estimated to create only 3,500 jobs compared to 29,700 in…

Transport Select Committee to hold evidence session on high speed rail in Manchester​

david higgins The Transport Committee will be holding a public evidence session on the latest developments in the High Speed Rail 2 project at The University of Manchester on Monday 17 November. Witnesses Monday 17 November, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester At 3.00 pm Sir David Higgins, Chair, HS2 Ltd. The Committee will take evidence from Sir David Higgins, Chair, HS2 Ltd on his upcoming report on high speed rail in the North of England. This will be a one-off…

HS2 funds blasted as ‘insulting’ by Warwickshire County Council​

HS2 train going left 20110903_LDP002_0[2]_6 Newly announced community funding packages by HS2 Ltd have been blasted by Warwickshire County Council as the authority prepares to take its case for mitigation to Parliament. The Department for Transport will offer £30 million to communities along the London to Birmingham route adversely affected by the High Speed 2 railway. The Community and Environment Fund, and Business and Local Economy Fund are to cover public projects such as refurbishing community centres. But Cllr Bob Stevens, HS2 cabinet member at…

HS2 asked homeowner to cut compensation request by £20,000​

hs2 lichfield viaduct_1 High speed rail bosses asked a home owner whose property will be blighted by the line to reduce their compensation claim by £20,000 - so they could arrange to rent it out to someone else. The figure emerged during a Commons exchange on compensation for people affected by the £50 billion HS2 project. Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, revealed: "A constituent of mine, having arrived at a value that was supposed to be fair, was then asked by HS2 to…

Foreign companies would build HS2​

crossrail Today in Manchester, HS2 Ltd is holding its 2014 ‘Northern’ supply chain conference. At the London supply chain conference a few days ago, HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby repeated the phoney claim about 90-plus-percent of Crossrail contracts going to ‘UK-based firms’. Simon Kirby, one of several former Network Rail executives who has joined HS2 Ltd, said it was "determined to build on Crossrail's success where 97% of conracts were placed with UK-based firms. But, as reported in the Fincial times…
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