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“Go forth and regenerate, but there’s no money for it.”, Government tells HS2 cities​

kingsash The Government have today, Thursday 24th July, have responded to the HS2 Growth Taskforce’s recommendations, which were published in March. In a response that agrees with the HS2 Growth Task Force that local plans should be set up, the government fails to allocate any new spending for this. Local resources will be expect to be used include from existing budgets. There will be no money from central government.  In a worrying development, the government, who sold HS1 to a foreign pension fund, says they will help…

Birmingham and HS2 jobs – “what could be likely”​

HS1 wall_6 The HS2 roadshow hit Birmingham yesterday with the promise of jobs much in evidence, that is until the the claims faced examination. The most revealing comment came from Andy Street of the Local Enterprise Partnership who referred to the quoted figure of 1,500 as "what could be likely." What was certain is the fact that the proposed HS2′s marshalling yard has wiped out the chance to create up to 7,000 private sector jobs at Washwood Heath. Speaking ahead of a Commons…

Liam Byrne: My statement on the announcement of the HS2 Construction HQ in Birmingham​

liam byrne “HS2 belongs in Birmingham. The arrival of 1,500 permanent jobs is fantastic news, and it provides a welcome boost to the growth of our City.   But this announcement underlines the need for a new deal for East Birmingham where the HS2′s marshalling yard has wiped out the chance to create 3,500 private sector jobs.   So today I’ve written to David Higgins, Chariman of HS2 Ltd, to begin talks on how we maximise the jobs boost for East Birmingham.”…

HS1′s Economic Effects on Kent still unassessed​

hs2 line with fence_5 In a recent set of Transport questions, then Transport Minister Stephen Hammond admitted that the government had still not published an assessment of HS1 in Kent.  He was still felt able to confidently predict massive benefits from HS2 (although one wonders whether he was able to predict his tenure in the DfT was nearly over). This contrasts with the view of Professor Roger Vickerman of the University of Kent Professor, who told a Transport Select Committee Inquiry: Professor Vickerman: I think most…

HS2 – a case so compelling the government feels it necessary to silence voices challenging the project​

committee room MPs on the Hybrid Bill Select Committee decided this week they would allow Stop HS2 and HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA) to be heard, as ensuring the process is seen to be fair is in the public interest. In a statement Robert Syms MP, chair of the committee, said: “On balance, we believe that a modern view of locus standi should allow some latitude to petitioners on how they chose the present their case. The decision frustrated government attempts to prevent…

People power wins out over HS2 campaign groups’ right to speak​

parliament interior Petitioners will now have the right to speak out against the HS2 Hybrid Bill, after the government’s solicitors argued that they should not be heard. Representitives from Stop HS2 had been told that they did not represent anyone affected by the proposed scheme, so the organisations asked members and supporters to send in letters of support, saying that they did think that Stop HS2 represents them. In just a couple of days, 237 such letters from individuals, action groups, residents…

Blow as government refuses to support Camden-backed HS2 Euston station design​

mcloughlin Efforts to save hundreds of Camden residents from seeing their homes demolished have been dealt a blow after the government revealed it would not be supporting a community-backed design for the redevelopment of Euston station. Patrick McLoughlin, the secretary of state for transport, said his department’s openess to consider a new station design known as ‘Double Deck Down 2’ (DDD2) would end after receiving advice from Network Rail that claimed the proposals were “not viable”. The decision makes a much…

MP shows the impact of HS2 on communities​

dan byles 3 An MP has shown a HS2 committee the devastating impact the planned high speed railway link will have in his constituency. Dan Byles, the MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, accompanied the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee on their visit to places in his constituency which he felt would best show the devastating impact on the area (pictured). The HS2 Phase 1 Bill is now working its way through the Houses of Parliament and this week the HS2 Committee visited North…

Council rejects HS2 plea from 5,000 people saying ‘it will go ahead’​

construction A council has refused to join an anti-HS2 group despite a petition from 5,000 people. Campaigners want Staffordshire County Council to become part of 51M - a group of 19 local authorities that have united to oppose the £50 billion high speed rail project. But the authority yesterday rejected the idea - admitting that HS2 'will go ahead' and that the council should concentrate on fighting blight and securing compensation for residents rather than trying to fight the entire project.…

Select Committee announces locus standi decisions – 16 July​

parliament from thames The Committee has made its decision on the locus standi challenges. One remaining case will be heard on Monday 21 July. The Committee has allowed locus standi on route-wide issues toStop HS2 and HS2 Action Alliance. All other cases heard so far have been disallowed. Parliament UK 16 July  
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