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HS2 does not ‘represent value for money’ says councillor​

train image 2 HS2 does not represent value for money and the government has failed to present its case to the House of Lords. That was the message from Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, who opened the meeting at 11am on Saturday. Mr Tett was speaking about the Chilterns Long Tunnel, a tunnelling option commissioned by Chiltern District Council in association with Aylesbury Vale District and Buckinghamshire County councils, and the Chilterns Conservation Board. Councillor Tett said the Lords committee had…

Environmental group puts pressure on HS2 Ltd​

hillary Members of an environmental group are campaigning for a tunnel extension to protect scenery and ancient woodlands. Hilary Wharf, of the HS2 Action Alliance, spoke on behalf of the Residents’ Environmental Protection Association (REPA) at the HS2 public information day on Saturday. REPA is an association of groups which joined forces to protect the South Heath community from the ‘dire consequences’ of HS2. Their proposal is for a 4.1km extension to the Chiltern tunnel as a fall-back option if long…

Campaigners want HS2 underground​

martin tunnel An open information day was held on Saturday (April 11) at the Amersham Free Church, Amersham, to discuss the different tunnelling options on offer Campaigners are hoping the government will adopt plans to bury HS2 in tunnels which run underground instead of building the controversial railway through the heart of the Chilterns. As well as protecting a part of the country designated an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty (AONB), campaigners claim that tunnels are both economically, financially and technically viable.…

The vanity project no-one wants​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 As Frank Dobson MP said earlier this year: “There is something amiss if Parliament is not reflecting the views of the public, especially when they are so overwhelmingly in one direction.” And, after that, HS2 supporters thought things could only get better…they were wrong. Polling conducted by ComRes has put support for HS2 at all all-time low, with only 22% of the public saying they were in favour of the construction of the railway line when asked if they would support the…

Support for HS2 high-speed rail link between London and Manchester at an all-time low according to new poll​

drain Survey says just 22 per cent now say £50bn project should be a spending priority for the next government Support for a new high speed rail link between Manchester and London is at all all-time low, according to a new poll. A new survey, conducted by ComRes, suggests just 22 per cent of the public are in favour of the new HS2 line, which would also run through Birmingham. Whilst just one in a hundred people said the £50 billion project should be…

Support for HS2 has reached rock bottom, poll says​

h Less than a quarter of the public are in favour of HS2 at the current cost of £50 billion, a new poll has revealed. Carried out by ComRes, the poll shows support for the high speed railway is at just 22 per cent, an all-time low for the project. According to the poll, just one per cent of British adults say HS2, which will run from London through Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, is their top priority for Government…

HS2 bosses to spend £450m on specialists​

money The high speed rail project has already been criticised for paying more than £100 million to consultants to work on the line that will run from Birmingham to London. And the second phase of the route - leading to the north - will see chiefs shell out up to another £150 million on consultants. And £300 million has been budgeted for a firm that will manage all the building companies carrying out the work. HS2 Ltd bosses say this is…

‘You bet’: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin backs six figure salaries for HS2 chiefs​

mcloughlin Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has defended six figure salaries for more than 20 high speed rail bosses. And the Conservative minister said HS2 was 'not about speed' or cutting journey times as he defended the investment of between £42bn and £50bn. Visiting the Express & Star's headquarters in Wolverhampton, former Cannock Chase councillor Mr McLoughlin said he hoped the Tories had ended 'the war on the motorist' and appealed for people to back Paul Uppal returning as MP for Wolverhampton…

‘Tunnel HS2′ signs put in place in Bucks​

tunnel placade Protest signs have been put up imploring the government to bury HS2 under the Chilterns. Campaigners in the area have arranged for the large signs, to be put alongside the A413 between Amersham and Great Missenden as calls for the line to be completely tunnelled increase. A public information is set to be held on Saturday, April 11, at Amersham Free Church from 11am at which people will be able to hear all of the tunnelling options and how doing…

The readily available capacity​

staffs viaduct On 2 April, Alstom UK Director of Government Affairs, Craig Jones, tweeted a “personal view” about the HS2 scheme. ‘For those who still think HS2 is about the speed’ (?) But what does “Euston seats” actually mean? For HS2 Ltd, it seems to mean, “seats on trains, apart from the dc lines, which use Euston as their London terminus“. However, the numbers in Mr Jones’ tweet (from the HS2 October 2013 Strategic Case) are dubious. The “current” Euston seats figure…
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