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HS2 Ltd spent £53m on Midlands homes to make way for rail line​

cash pile Ninety-two homes worth £53 million across the Midlands have been snapped up to make way for HS2 - even though the project is yet to be given the go-ahead. HS2 Ltd, the government-owned company behind the high-speed rail line, has bought 43 properties in Staffordshire worth £26.29 million, 14 in the West Midlands worth about £10 million, and 35 in North Warwickshire worth nearly £18 million. And they have also agreed to purchase another 68 homes across the region under…

HS2AA rebut Government spin on compensation​

hs2 lichfield viaduct_1 The Property Bond is a tried and tested cost effective solution which deals with property blight.  HS2AA’s appearance before the Select Committee on compensation in November 2014, it was agreed that the Government would send a note on the costs on our proposal of a property bond to the Committee and they would consult with HS2AA on this topic. The note they sent did everything but talk about costs and they didn’t bother consulting about costs. We have set out our concerns…

Bypass for Chipping Warden given the go-ahead​

construction.1 People living in and around Chipping Warden will benefit from a new bypass that will be built as part of the HS2 north-south rail project. Following negotiations between HS2 Ltd and Northamptonshire County Council, the Government has today agreed to propose an amendment to the HS2 Hybrid Bill to include the construction of the bypass. The new road, a long-held desire of the community, will be of particular benefit to the pupils and parents of the Chipping Warden Primary School…

‘Keep HS2 traffic off of our village roads’​

banbury A parish councillor for Aston le Walls has been invited to appear before an HS2 select committee to call for improvements to road safety ahead of construction of the rail link. Jo Wilson was due to appear before the House of Commons committee yesterday, Wednesday, to campaign for a change to the proposed route for HS2 construction traffic in a bid to minimise disruption to her village. Three buildings related to the construction of HS2 – a north portal building,…

HS2 pear tree felling ‘to be reviewed’, says government​

peartree Plans to chop down an ancient pear tree to make way for the HS2 high-speed rail link are to be reviewed, the government has said. The pear tree, near Cubbington, in Warwickshire, is one of the oldest in Britain, campaigners say. Transport minister John Hayes said he would look into whether the 200-year-old tree could be replanted in another location. However, experts said replanting the tree would be "prone to failure". 'Ancient qualities' The Ancient Tree Forum, a charity set…

Only one person thinks HS2 compensation is adequate, says official consultation analysis​

tracks Whilst the Department for Transport has justified its decision not to revise HS2 compensation proposals because there was ‘no consensus’ resulting from the 2014 consultation, the analysis of responses paints a rather different picture,  and suggests that responses to the consultation may again have been ‘mislaid’. The proposals which were consulted on in 2014 were the Cash Offer and Homeowner Payment schemes which will be available for home owners on Phase 1 of the proposed route. According to the Government, these statistics do not represent…

Crossrail disruption is ‘warning’ for HS2 construction​

Crossrail bridge A rail project which has caused disruption in a village is being seen as a warning for the construction of HS2. Since last year, work has been carried out in and around Iver to put in place the Crossrail network, a new rail system aimed at creating better rail links from the East to the West of London, and decreasing travel time across the capital. Iver is one of the stations included on the Crossrail link but in order for…

MP on HS2: North Warwickshire is worst affected borough outside of London​

dan byles 2 North Warwickshire is the ‘worst affected borough outside of London’ by the proposed £50 billion High Speed Rail project. That is the view of the area’s MP Dan Byles who spoke at length in a House of Commons debate on HS2 recently. The Conservative MP, who will not stand for re-election in this May’s General Election, restated his opposition to the project and supported a call for a referendum. “My views on this project are well known and I have voted…

Christopher Pincher calls for clarity on HS2 stock maintenance depot​

christopher pincher 2 MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher, last week sought clear confirmation from ministers that there are no plans to move the HS2 stock maintenance depot, planned for a site at Washwood Heath, to another location. His call came after prominent Labour politicians in Birmingham suggested that Washwood Heath should be earmarked for an enterprise zone and the maintenance depot moved elsewhere, possibly to a greenfield site near Middleton next to Drayton Bassett in Lichfield District. Birmingham Labour MP Liam Byrne has…

The basis of Labour’s qualified support for HS2…still a mystery​

parliament exterior 4 The funding referendum debate on Friday provided another opportunity for the Labour Party to set out in detail the basis for its qualified support for the project. Since its 2013 Conference the Party has followed the Shadow Chancellor’s ‘no blank cheque’ approach to HS2. Over that time there has been an absence of clarity with respect to what that means in reality. The Shadow Transport Secretary, Lilian Greenwood, was given the chance to enlighten MPs. The following exchanges took place.…
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