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MP on HS2: North Warwickshire is worst affected borough outside of London​

dan byles 2 North Warwickshire is the ‘worst affected borough outside of London’ by the proposed £50 billion High Speed Rail project. That is the view of the area’s MP Dan Byles who spoke at length in a House of Commons debate on HS2 recently. The Conservative MP, who will not stand for re-election in this May’s General Election, restated his opposition to the project and supported a call for a referendum. “My views on this project are well known and I have voted…

Christopher Pincher calls for clarity on HS2 stock maintenance depot​

christopher pincher 2 MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher, last week sought clear confirmation from ministers that there are no plans to move the HS2 stock maintenance depot, planned for a site at Washwood Heath, to another location. His call came after prominent Labour politicians in Birmingham suggested that Washwood Heath should be earmarked for an enterprise zone and the maintenance depot moved elsewhere, possibly to a greenfield site near Middleton next to Drayton Bassett in Lichfield District. Birmingham Labour MP Liam Byrne has…

The basis of Labour’s qualified support for HS2…still a mystery​

parliament exterior 4 The funding referendum debate on Friday provided another opportunity for the Labour Party to set out in detail the basis for its qualified support for the project. Since its 2013 Conference the Party has followed the Shadow Chancellor’s ‘no blank cheque’ approach to HS2. Over that time there has been an absence of clarity with respect to what that means in reality. The Shadow Transport Secretary, Lilian Greenwood, was given the chance to enlighten MPs. The following exchanges took place.…

Frank Dobson spells out the scale of the opposition to HS2​

frank dobson The Commons debate on a funding referendum for HS2 proved to be an excellent opportunity to add some facts to the high-speed hyperbole which invariably characterises the case put forward  in support of the project. Frank Dobson MP To say that this is an unpopular idea is an understatement. In March last year, polling by ComRes showed that 52% of the UK population generally were against it and 30% were in favour. Last autumn it got a bit worse, from…

HS2 Select Committee visits​

cherwell select committee In the run up to the Select Committee, David has been in touch with the House of Commons Clerk of Private Bills handling the HS2 legislation, Neil Caulfield, to discuss the  constituents visiting the committee room in which the petitions will be heard. This is a process that individuals from other areas have consistently said that it was very useful as preparation for their hearings in front of a Select Committee. Parliamentary Committees work in a very specific manner and…

Campaigners from villages near Leamington put forward petitions to reduce impact of HS2 route​

farming cla Campaigners from villages near Leamington have put three key suggestions before a parliamentary select committee which 
they believe will reduce the 
impact of HS2 on the area they live in. Representatives of the joint parish council of Offchurch, Eathorpe, Hunningham and Wappenbury, Cubbington parish council, Weston-Under-Wetherley and the Cubbington and Offchurch HS2 action groups appeared at Westminster on Tuesday to put their case forward to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Select Committee. The three main changes…

HS2 Select Committee Comments on Warwickshire Petitions​

train pic The chair of the HS2 Select Committee has made statements on issues raised by Warwickshire petitions heard to date. In his statements, Mr Robert Syms provided the committee’s views on the requests made by communities in Kingsbury, Middleton and Water Orton. The full statement (open in extarnal site). His comments on Berkswell and Balsall Common issues, including the Kenilworth Greenway. Mr Syms made further remarks about local authority costs on January 19, during a statement by the Promoter on compensation packages. Warwickshire County Council 23 January

HS2: Former attorney general blasts rail line and says compensation scheme is woeful​

dominic greave Former attorney general Dominic Grieve has used his new backbench freedom to attack the High Speed 2 railway and demand a referendum in a bid stop the scheme in its tracks. Mr Grieve, sacked in the last reshuffle, said the advantage of leaving Government was he was now able to put on the record his strong objections to the £50 billion “white elephant”, planned to link London and Birmingham in the next decade. As a minister, Mr Grieve was able to work…

MPs to debate HS2 referendum​

parliament from thames MPS will tomorrow (Friday) debate whether a national referendum should be held on the funding of HS2. The Private Members Bill has been proposed by MP Christopher Chope, who represents Christchurch in Dorset – which is no-where near where the proposed line will run. It asks that the general public would be asked: “Do you support the use of UK taxpayers’ money to pay for the construction of the HS2 railway?” The bill is currently due to be debated as…

A Note to the HS2 Select Committee about a potential “Property Bond” compensation scheme​

david liddington Please see below a note from the legal team representing HS2 Ltd on a potential "Property Bond" compensation scheme for homeowners suffering housing blight as a result of HS2. "Note to Select Committee on Property bond 1.    On 20 November the Committee heard extensively from the HS2 Action Alliance on issues of compensation and in particular their advocacy of a property bond.  Rather than prolonging debate at that stage you asked for a note on the Government’s view on the…
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