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HS2: Compensation packages announced for people around Crewe​

29 May, 2016

crewe map Compensation and assistance measures for eligible people living near the HS2 route around Crewe have today been confirmed by the Department for Transport. Property compensation and assistance packages are available for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe. Improvements also made to proposed schemes covering Phase One and Phase 2a, aimed to help people with health and mobility issues and those who have previously struggled to sell their property. Changes also mean eligible owner-occupiers…

HS2: the case for a review​

28 May, 2016

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 As Sir Jeremy Heywood progresses with his review of HS2 he will be grateful for the timely publication of ‘HS2 and the railway network : the case for a review’ by sector experts including Tony May, Emeritus Professor of Transport Engineering, University of Leeds and Jonathan Tyler of Passenger Transport Networks, York. The review says that HS2 has been promoted as a means of improving rail capacity and connectivity between London and the North of England, rebalancing the UK economy…

London’s new mayor urged not to forget about Chesham and Amersham​

27 May, 2106

cheryl sign Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan has written to the newly-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan to make sure that he is aware of issues affecting Chesham and Amersham.  London’s new mayor has been urged not to forget about Chesham and Amersham in his decision making by the constituency’s MP Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan has written to the newly-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan to make sure that he is aware of issues affecting Chesham and Amersham. She has sent…

Boffins blast HS2 arguing Britain’s high speed rail offering could be five times more expensive than its French equivalent​

26 May, 2106

staffs viaduct High Speed 2 (HS2) could be up to five times more expensive than its French equivalent according to a new academic study, reigniting rows over whether the £56bn railway plan is a “vanity project”. The academics, led by Professor Tony May from Leeds University and transport consultant Jonathan Tyler, said that France's TGV line from Tours to Bordeaux was costing £20m per km, compared with a projected cost of around £105m per km for HS2. The much higher unit cost…

HS2 must be reviewed, experts argue​

26 May, 2106

tgv (1) The HS2 rail link performs badly against its four objectives and costs five times as much as a new high speed line in France, according to a new report. HS2 and the railway network : the case for a review, by a group of academics and transport experts, says a range of policy options should have been considered to meet these objectives and that these ‘must now be reviewed objectively, transparently and dispassionately’. The report says HS2 adds to rail…

HS2 compensation scheme should be reviewed, says Residents’ Commissioner​

27 May, 2106

hs2 track from above_11 HS2 and the Department for Transport (DfT) should review the high-speed rail compensation scheme, the project’s Residents’ Commissioner has said in her latest report In her latest study, Deborah Fazan added that the project is still failing to engage with communities. She also said that the DfT and HS2 ought to review its compensation scheme and consider more flexibility in its arrangements. Fazan noted that acceptance rates for phase 2 compensation applications are lower than expected, at 42%. She adds that the…

DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a route​

26 May, 2016

A property compensation and financial assistance package for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced today. Owners-occupiers of homes and businesses positioned from 60-120m from the railway will be offered 10% of the unblighted value of their property, between £30,000 and £100,000, or the chance to sell their property at the unblighted value. Once the HS2 Bill receives Royal Assent, owner-occupiers within 300m of the line can apply for a homeowner payment worth…

HS2 line is ‘a £55bn vanity project that won’t boost the North’: Review calls for project to be halted so cheaper alternatives can be considered​

27 May, 2106

money 2 Controversial HS2 line will cost five times as much as its French equivalent Drawn major questions over whether the taxpayer will get value for money Scheme has been championed by PM David Cameron and George Osborne Accused of driving up financial and environmental costs without benefits  The controversial HS2 rail line will cost five times as much as its French equivalent and do little to help regenerate the North of England, experts warned yesterday. An academic review of the £55…

HS2 property schemes maps: Phase 2a West Midlands to Crewe​

26 May, 2016

train tunnel From:High Speed Two (HS2) LimitedFirst published:26 May 2016Part of:HS2 property schemes maps: from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester, Rail network and HS2: high speed rail These maps show the HS2 Phase 2a property schemes boundaries from the West Midlands to Crewe. Documents Key Plan Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000039PDF, 22.8MB, 1 page The start of Phase Two after Phase One ends at Fradley Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000021-P02PDF, 2.73MB, 1 page King’s Bromley and Pipe Ridware Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000022-P02PDF, 2.73MB, 1 page Blithbury Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000023-P02PDF, 2.48MB, 1 page Colton and Stockwell Heath Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000024-P02PDF, 2.45MB, 1 page Great Haywood Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000025-P02PDF, 2.6MB, 1 page Ingestre Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000026-P02PDF, 2.69MB, 1…

HS2 will cost five times as much as similar line in France, says report​

money Transport experts say new Tours-Bordeaux route comes at a fraction of UK project’s cost, and alternatives should be considered HS2 will cost more than five times the amount being spent on an equivalent high-speed rail line in France, a group of transport experts has claimed. The academics said there were “much less costly and environmentally damaging” ways of boosting capacity on the rail network. They have published a report stating that the project will only provide “limited improvements” in connectivity. It…
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