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Euston: HS2 land deal to cost taxpayers an extra £4.4m​

euston above The Sunday Times reports today that HS2 bosses face a £6m bill to compensate the developer of luxury trackside apartments — almost four times the cost of a deal offered to them three years ago. Work on Euston Down Side Shed, a block of five apartments and two offices near Euston station in London, has recently been completed but the properties will have to be demolished in 2017 to make way for the £50bn high-speed railway. Up to £6m of…

HS2 route changes to cost extra £580m​

farming cla Changes to the HS2 route will cost £580 million, it has emerged – but bosses insist they will keep within their £50 billion budget. It comes as bosses unveil plans including an extension to the Midland Metro and high speed buses as part of the £50bn project. Building the line under the A38 Lichfield at a cost of £133m and moving the Heathrow Express depot to Iver, near Slough for £215m are also among the changes to the proposals. Bosses…

Info sharing events on HS2 Langley rail depot proposal – 4 & 18 August​

HS1 track 096_9 HS2 Ltd is hosting two information sharing events on the organisation's proposals for a Heathrow Express rail depot at Langley. The proposal is to move the depot from Old Oak Common in west London to a new site, north-east of Langley railway station. The proposal is included in an Additional Provision to amend the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill, which seeks the powers to build HS2. The Additional Provision was deposited in Parliament on 13 July. The…

HS2 and Crossrail: Scientists predict the economic effect of major rail projects​

train image 2 HS2's London to Birmingham railway may create just over half of the total economic gains predicted by the UK Government. A new mathematical model suggests that major rail infrastructure projects, such as High Speed 2 (HS2) and London Crossrail, will cause some businesses and homeowners to lose out financially, when other destinations become better connected. Its creators, from Imperial College London, have produced a map that shows which areas of London will be most affected in this way by the…

“We’re not giving up on tunnel” say HS2 campaigners​

misbourne Campaigners have issued a call to arms for an eleventh-hour push to bury HS2 under the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty. Last week, the HS2 select committee, which has the power to recommend changes to the line before it is built, said that it was not convinced of the need for the tunnel that campaigners say would lessen the impact of HS2 on the area. Chairman of the select committee Robert Syms said although some petitioners are yet to be…

HS1 success has falsely convinced the government HS2 is a good idea according to IoD chief economist James Sproule​

train out of tunnel 2 The chief economist of the Institute of Directors has said the success of HS1 has falsely convinced the government to back a railway line linking London to the north. James Sproule told a gathering of bosses at Hempstead House Hotel in Sittingbourne the positive impact of high-speed rail on towns such as Ashford and Gravesend is not an indicator government plans for HS2 will be a success. He also said Kent was not under threat from the development of a…

HS2 and putting a price on support​

money Leeds has followed Sheffield and Birmingham in seeking more finance for the high speed line. The sequence is becoming familiar.  First - wholehearted support for HS2…no ifs no buts. Second – allow this support to become more nuanced using words and phrases like legacy, once in a 100-year opportunity and full-scale revamp. Of course, up until recently ‘Northern Powerhouse’ would have been thrown in for good measure but that part of the vision has unfortunately been “paused”. Third – roll…

HS2 Phase One planning forum: Department for Transport updates​

dft logo DFT related updates for the HS2 Phase One planning forum. To view the documents click here 28 July

Leeds station ‘needs full revamp’ for HS2​

leeds station 1 Businesses across Yorkshire have called for a full-scale revamp of Leeds City Station to help cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers and the HS2 scheme. Chambers of Commerce in Leeds, York and Bradford have urged the Government to scrap plans for a separate HS2 station near to Asda House, arguing the city needs “a single station capable of accommodating the significant growth in existing rail services and for future high speed services to run through the station rather…

More Changes to HS2 – Additional Provision 2​

farming cla The Government has announced a further set of changes to the HS2 Bill. You may want to check that you are not adversely affected by any of them. The changes are called ‘AP2’ (or ‘Additional Provision 2’). This is Parliamentary jargon. The key point is that AP2 contains changes that go beyond the existing powers and limits described in the Bill. They are the second package of changes since the Bill was introduced in November 2013. (AP1 was introduced in…
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