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The Key to HS2​

30 September, 2016

tracks 4 This month, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and the Enterprise Partnership have published a report called The Key to Growth proposing the construction of a link at Toton’s East Midlands hub station, to enable HS2 to be connected to the Midland Main Line, Leicestershire and other locations off the route.  Page 1 of the document includes the eye-catching copy ‘How a £60m+ investment could spread HS2’s benefits across the country 'HS2 will cost £50 billion to build and is predicted…

HS2 rail line consultation being held in Whitmore​

30 September, 2016

train pic 5 More consultation sessions are being held over plans for the HS2 rail line through Staffordshire. HS2 Limited has organised the events for people to find out the latest developments with the £55 billion project. The first consultation takes place at Whitmore Village Hall, in Coneygreave Lane, Whitmore, from 11am to 7pm on Friday, September 30. It comes as the second phase of the HS2 project - between the West Midlands and Crewe - is set to open six years ahead of schedule in…

Sheffield Green Party call on council to withdraw support for ‘over budget and unwelcome’ HS2 line​

30 September, 2016

sheffield The Sheffield Green Party has called on the council to withdraw its backing for HS2 and focus on better transport links with northern cities. Green councillors will present a motion to the full council meeting next week, saying money would be better spent improving regional rail networks and routes over the Pennines. In a motion presented to the chamber next week, the Green group on Sheffield Council will say they believe the proposed HS2 stopping at Midland Station will 'not…

The HS2 way of doing things​

30 September, 2016

hs2-aa27a9-224x120[1]_1_26 The high-speed rail project has been around long enough to tell us something about the HS2 way of doing things. So what kind of organisation do taxpayers have the right to expect? One that is transparent, committed to effective community engagement, delivering value for money? That characterisation may be setting the bar a tad high. Perhaps we should be looking for more basic qualities such professional competence and consistency. Again, not exactly in plain sight. Know HS2 Ltd by its…

London council’s HS2 hopes dealt blow​

29 September, 2016

euston station new entrance Camden wants HS2 and mainline stations at Euston to be redeveloped together– but HS2 says no   Network Rail has revealed it wants to redevelop Euston station as part of a wider revamp of the site which will see a new terminus for HS2 designed by Grimshaw attached to the existing station. The network operator has begun planning for a new mainline station at Euston, which would see feasibility studies completed in 2018 and design work launched in April 2019 at…

Stop HS2 fringe at Tory Conference​

29 September, 2016

icc birmingham Stop HS2, along with HS2 Action Alliance and Agahst (Action Groups Againt High Speed Two) are holding a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference next week. The fringe will be on Tuesday 4th October, from 17:30 – 18:45 in Hall 10a, ICC, Birmingham. This is inside the secure zone, but if you are coming to the conference we’d be delighted to see you. Title: HS2 – It’s time to think again

HS2 Ltd’s Paul Griffiths Radio Sheffield Interview​

28 September, 2016

paul griffiths RE: BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD INTERVIEW Dear Mr Griffiths I am writing to you regarding the comments and statements that you made during your recent interview on BBC Radio Sheffield with Toby Foster. During the interview you made the following statements: “HS2 go through a rigorous process to get all the addresses and make sure information goes out” In view of the above statement, I am presuming that you must hold the details of the addresses for all the properties that…

Revealed: What people REALLY think ministers should be focusing on​

28 September, 2016

parliament exterior 5 Britons think ministers should focus on upgrading the country's broadband network ahead of airport expansion, the HS2 high-speed rail project or the Hinkley Point nuclear plant, a poll suggests. Half of British adults thought an upgrade to the national network would be beneficial to them or their family, compared to 16% for Hinkley, 11% for a new runway in the south-east and 9% for HS2, the ComRes survey found. Despite this, broadband rarely dominates the headlines to the same extent as the future of…

Crossrail and HS2 part of ‘great opportunity’, Japanese investors told​

28 September, 2016

money Transport secretary Chris Grayling has promised the government’s continued support for HS2 and Crossrail during a trade tour to Japan. Grayling attended the G7 Transport Ministers’ Summit in Karuizawa, Nagano on September 23-25, and also visited Tokyo to meet the city’s governor and Japanese transport and infrastructure investors. Speaking at a reception at the British Embassy in Tokyo, he said that following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, Britain wanted to “have a more global focus” and “strengthen…

Two chances to tackle HS2​

28 September, 2106

train pic 5 HS2 is coming to Ickenham again – in October and November. It seems to expect praise for adding up to 550 HGV lorries per day to the traffic at Swakeleys Roundabout. The events are billed as ‘information-sharing events’ but the invite makes it clear that the sharing is one-way. It’s for us to hear what HS2 has to say, not for them to listen to us. Although they can hardly refuse. You can read more detail by following the links…
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