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Heywood called in to cut £55bn bill for HS2: Cabinet Secretary told to slash costs of the controversial line over fears it cannot be completed within its budget​

3 May, 2016

money Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is reviewing the HS2 rail link He's looking to slash further costs from the line, it was claimed last night Fears are growing that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget  Britain’s top civil servant is reviewing the HS2 rail link as fears grow that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget. Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is looking to slash further costs from the controversial line, it was claimed last night.  He is…

Top UK civil servant reviews HS2 project​

2 May, 2016

jeremy heywood Britain’s most senior civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is reviewing HS2 as fears grow that the high-speed railway cannot be built within its £55bn budget in its current form. Heywood, the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, has been quietly investigating HS2 in an effort to cut costly elements. He is expected to report to ministers by the summer. Campaigners opposed to the project believe this couldlead to less compensation for businesses and homeowners whose properties are affected by…

Is the captain leaving a sinking train​

1 May, 2016

david higgins The Sunday Telegraph reports today that HS2 Ltd has denied that its Chairman, Sir David Higgins, will be leaving his job. However, the spokesperson refused to say how long he would remain or make any further comment. The exchange was prompted by the appearance of a job opportunity with regard to the post of Chairman of HS2 Ltd in the 28 April edition of the Cabinet Office’s public appointments bulletin. The bulletin stated the job is “expected to be advertised in…

Could eleven wild hedgehogs spike HS2′s new depot? Euston plan under threat from tiny group of animals in nearby park​

1 May, 2016

hedgehog Hedgehogs are latest prickly problem to hit £50billion high-speed railway London Zoo animal experts join opponents of the HS2 project in protest Tiny group of wild hedgehogs live in the zoo's inner-city car park in London Warnings they could be 'devastated' by HS2 plans to create a lorry depot A tiny group of hedgehogs living in an inner-city car park have become the latest prickly problem to hit the £50 billion High Speed Two rail scheme. Animal experts at London Zoo…

HS2: Materials by rail study and HS2 Ltd engagement events​

29 April, 2016

euston plan Camden Council, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority have been engaged with HS2 Ltd’s study to consider options for transporting materials in and out of HS2 construction sites by rail. The study is one of our assurances secured as part of the Parliamentary process. HS2 Ltd has agreed to consider maximising the use of rail instead of roads for the removal and delivery of construction and excavation materials. HS2 Ltd is committed to producing a Local Traffic Management…

HS2 information event 14 May 2016: Demolition of National Temperance Hospital – Euston​

29 April, 2016

euston new We are holding information events so you can find out more and ask questions about the project and what it means for Euston. High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. This event is an opportunity for you to find out more about the project and what it means for your local area. Find out about the demolition of National Temperance Hospital: This building in Hampstead Road will need to be demolished to make way for…

Charity could be another victim of HS2​

29 April, 2016

charity HS2 isn't just threatening homes, it's threatening charities in Buckinghamshire, too. That's according to one group based in Stoke Mandeville - Animal Antiks. They help young people with special needs get ready for work using animals, but their site sits right by where the track would be. It's making everything a bit uncertain for co-founders Sarah Kettlety and Katrina Greig-Young. Sarah said: “We’ve worked hard for three years building Animal Antiks, a charity that supports special young people, growing their confidence…

Talks of a HS2 tunnel under Hillingdon borough ‘back on the table’​

28 April, 2016

????????????????????????????????????????? Residents in Hillingdon fighting HS2 have been given a light at the end of the tunnel, with a new 'working group' set up for the borough. A group was set up after Conservative London Mayor candidate, Zac Goldsmith met with the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and key local stakeholders, with the aim of ensuring HS2 is tunnelled under Hillingdon. Mr Goldsmith said: “This was a productive discussion. I am very pleased that the Transport Secretary listened to our concerns and we can make the…

HS2 Locus Challenge Guidance​

27 April, 2016

canal From:High Speed Two (HS2) LimitedFirst published:27 April 2016Part of:Rail network and HS2: high speed rail Further information relating to Locus Challenges in the House of Lords. Documents Guidance note on locus standi procedure PDF, 147KB, 3 pages Promoter's note on locus standi challenges in the House of Lords PDF, 128KB, 9 pages Detail Please read these documents for further information relating to Locus Challenges in the House of Lords. Published:27 April 2016 From:High Speed Two (HS2) LimitedPart of:Rail networkHS2: high speed rail

Has Labour’s transport minister already lost her grip on HS2?​

27 April, 2016

lilian greenwood Further evidence of Labour's unquestioning support for HS2 emerged this week. Lilian Greenwood, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, praised HS2 during a visit to the Black Country. Ms Greenwood said she and the Labour party were ‘delighted’ that the plans were pressing ahead, and detailed the importance of the high-speed rail link to ‘the economy of Birmingham and the West Midlands’. Pressed on the costs of HS2, which the Labour peer and former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said would continue…
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