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Economic Affairs Select Committee HS2 hearings in Manchester – 25 November​

manchester town hall The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week relocate to Manchester for a day of evidence on HS2 from Manchester Town Hall.  Witnesses will include Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council. The Committee will take evidence between 11:00am and 15:00pm on Tuesday 25 November from 11 witnesses in four sessions as they explore the potential economic impact of HS2 on various areas of the UK. Giving evidence to the Committee will be: 11:00am Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City…

HS2 hits Burton Green as villagers sell up​

burton green A long- feared mass exodus of Burton Green has begun as HS2 drives out 14 families - including former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The village is one of the most affected along the London to Birmingham route, with 61 houses lying within 120 metres of the proposed track. The village was promised a 50m extension at either side of the proposed ‘cut and cover’ tunnel through the village in new mitigation measures. But villagers say this will help only a…

The elephant is still in the room and it’s a white one​

POLITICS Rail  141228 A new report has claimed that high speed rail in the UK would be “far from being a white elephant” after analysing the impact of similar schemes in Europe. The study by the Independent Transport Commission believes that high speed rail can be of benefit to the regions. The report, called Ambitions and Opportunities: Understanding the Spatial Effects of High Speed Rail, involved looking at cities and regions currently connected by high speed rail in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.…

London Alliance – a fair deal for London on HS2 compensation​

london aerial Last week saw the launch of the London Alliance, a cross-party group of London MPs and councils set up by Camden Council whose aim is to secure a fair deal for London on HS2 compensation.  We have posted an e-petition calling for a fair deal for London on the Government website. The e-petition is available to sign at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71100  If you agree that London deserves a fair deal, please sign the petition and promote it as widely as possible among people who…

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 20 November​

select committee 2 Time Business 9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) BillHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill -Sir William Cash MP and HS2 Action Alliance Ltd

Cheryl gives evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on HS2​

cheryl latest CHERYL GILLAN MP URGES THE HOUSE OF COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE ON HS2 TO CONSIDER BETTER COMPENSATION On behalf of HS2 Action Alliance, the Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP (Chesham & Amersham) will be called this morning, Thursday 20 November, as a witness to present the case for better compensation for those affected by HS2, in front of the HS2 Commons Select Committee. The focus of the presentation will be her constituents’ personal experiences of the compensation scheme so far, as…

HS2 compulsory purchases are ‘grossly unfair’​

farmers MPs have been urged to implement specific protections for rural landowners and businesses in a two-day evidence session held by MPs scrutinising HS2. Farmers and rural businesses also rejected last minute assurances by HS2 Ltd given on the eve of their appearance at the Select Committee. Andrew Shirley, CLA Chief Surveyor and expert witness said: “The compulsory purchase arrangements for HS2 are grossly unfair and create a David verses Goliath situation between the Government and individuals most affected by the…

Sir David at the Transport Select Committee​

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 The Financial Times reported that the man credited with getting the UK’s proposed high-speed rail line back on track threatened to walk away in 15 months’ time if the next government failed to back his vision. Sir David Higgins made clear he would not sign a contract extension as chairman of HS2 beyond 2015 unless his demands for funding and political support were met. It was a surprising statement given that despite the enormous controversy surrounding the project, the support of the three…

Manchester: Transport Select Committee to hear from Sir David Higgins​

manchester university Transport Select Committee Subject: HS2: update Witness(es): Sir David Higgins, Non-Executive Chair, HS2 Ltd Location: University of Manchester 3.00pm

Hybrid Bill Select Committee – 17 November​

parliament interior Committee Room 5 Meeting starts on Monday 17 November. High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Witnesses Country Land and Business Association; The National Farmers' Union; and Sir William Cash MP Witness(es): Country Land and Business Association and the National Farmers' Union Location Room 5 Visit the Committee's homepage.
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