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HS2 property schemes maps: Phase 2a West Midlands to Crewe​

26 May, 2016

train tunnel From:High Speed Two (HS2) LimitedFirst published:26 May 2016Part of:HS2 property schemes maps: from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester, Rail network and HS2: high speed rail These maps show the HS2 Phase 2a property schemes boundaries from the West Midlands to Crewe. Documents Key Plan Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000039PDF, 22.8MB, 1 page The start of Phase Two after Phase One ends at Fradley Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000021-P02PDF, 2.73MB, 1 page King’s Bromley and Pipe Ridware Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000022-P02PDF, 2.73MB, 1 page Blithbury Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000023-P02PDF, 2.48MB, 1 page Colton and Stockwell Heath Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000024-P02PDF, 2.45MB, 1 page Great Haywood Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000025-P02PDF, 2.6MB, 1 page Ingestre Ref: PH2-HS2-LP-MAP-210-000026-P02PDF, 2.69MB, 1…

HS2 will cost five times as much as similar line in France, says report​

money Transport experts say new Tours-Bordeaux route comes at a fraction of UK project’s cost, and alternatives should be considered HS2 will cost more than five times the amount being spent on an equivalent high-speed rail line in France, a group of transport experts has claimed. The academics said there were “much less costly and environmentally damaging” ways of boosting capacity on the rail network. They have published a report stating that the project will only provide “limited improvements” in connectivity. It…

HS2 and the railway network : the case for a review​

26 May, 2016

track and shadow To read the review written by Tony May and Jonathan Tyler with contributions from Richard Allsop, James Croll and Stephen Plowden click here

HS2 rail link ‘over-priced’ say transport experts​

25 May, 2016

train bridge 2 HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives, a group of transport experts has warned. The academics support high-speed rail overall, but say HS2 is five times more expensive than its French equivalent. They argue that the benefits of HS2 can be achieved much more cheaply, with lower CO2 emissions, and they want their analysis examined by government. A spokesman for HS2 said options for bringing down costs were being studied. But the academics…

HS2 Ltd: Changing the Rules Locus Standi to Suit Themselves​

24 May, 2016

parliament exterior 5 The Government has explained why they have made 414 locus standi challenges against HS2petitioners in the House of Lords, following a question by Lord Tony Berkeley. Responding to his written question, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “The rules relating to locus standi are set out in the Lords Standing Orders for Private Business 114-118 and the basis for our decisions was included in a note that accompanied the challenge notices sent to petitioners last week. The note explained that individuals or businesses…

HS2 – Are there limits to commuting?​

24 May, 2016

????????????????????????????????????????? A report on how HS2 will affect London. Finding a suitable terminus will be a big part of that, something that is dependent on a number of factors. A critical one is exactly what sort of railway HS2 will actually be. This is something that depends on how closely it conforms (or doesn’t) to conventional assumptions about long distance travel. So in this article we consider a crucial question – just how much of a commuter railway is HS2 likely…

Alstom pitches double-decker trains for HS2​

24 May, 2016

double deck In what would be a railway first for the UK, French train manufacturer Alstom is set to pitch the idea of building double-decker trains to run on the 225mph HS2 line in order to maximise passenger benefits and bring down travel costs. The company, which hopes to land the £7.5bn rolling stock contract for the high-speed line, said a double-decker design would take advantage of the designated space much more effectively than single-level trains of the same height. Henrik Anderberg, acting managing…

HS2: National Trust fears controversial rail link being ‘rushed’​

24 May, 2106

shugborough The National Trust today raised concerns that the design of the controversial HS2 rail line that will cut through miles of Staffordshire countryside is being 'rushed'  The heritage organisation has also spoken of its fears that Shugborough Hall could 'suffer' as a result and has pledged to do all it can to limit the impact. Ben Middlemiss, senior project manager at the National Trust, said work was under way to draw up 'protective options' for the Staffordshire stretch. It has…

Government ‘fully committed’ to HS2 in Sheffield region​

23 May, 2016

sheffield plan The Government is still ‘fully committed’ to an HS2 hub in the Sheffield region despite reports the city could be dropped from the rail-link plans. Shadow transport secretary Lilian Greenwood said there have been suggestions Sheffield may be cut out of the HS2 plans in what she described as a ‘secretive downgrading’. But a spokesman for Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin said this was not the case. A Department for Transport spokesman said the Government remained ‘fully…

Lidington: Heavy handed HS2 is challenging the democratic process​

23 May, 2016

liddington 1 From David Liddington MP As you may know, the HS2 Bill is about to be looked at by the House of Lords Select Committee, chaired by a former Law Lord. I appeared three times before the Commons Committee alongside a large number of my constituents and we managed to secure a package of improvements worth more than £10m. However there is still more that can be done.
Alongside other Bucks MPs and more than 800 other individuals and organisations, I have…
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