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HS2 looks in vain for firmer ground​

5 May, 2016

mine Those challenging HS2’s are used to its business case disintegrating but this week it was revealed that the ground beneath sections of the proposed route for phase 2 of the scheme were facing the same problem.    Adrian Millward, former assistant chief engineer at Sheffield City Council, commented that the route to the planned station at Meadowhall, favoured by HS2 Ltd, follows a three-mile fault of fractured rock, posing a huge and uncosted engineering challenge. He said: “If I was…

HS2 – House of Lords Select Committee​

5 May, 2016

parliament exterior 5 From the House of Lords Order Paper for 5th May 2016: High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The Chairman of Committees to move that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Select Committee to consider the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill: L Brabazon of Tara L Freeman L Jones of Cheltenham B O’Cathain L Plant of Highfield L Walker of Gestingthorpe (Chairman) L Young of Norwood Green That the quorum of the Committee be four; That the…

MP reveals rising cost of HS2 amid concerns over route through Cheshire​

4 May, 2016

Antoinette Sandbach It has been revealed that the budget for the second phase of HS2 has risen by £3.2billion after Winsford MP Antoinette Sandbach investigated the budget. The MP for the Eddisbury constituency asked parliament for a breakdown of the budget for the second phase of the proposed high speed rail, which will run from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. Antoinette received an answer to her parliamentary question and the breakdown shows that the budget has risen from £21.2billion in 2013…

Meadowhall Mush​

4 May, 2016

sheffield station 1 This week, the Sheffield Star published an article about why the Meadowhall site for the SheffieldHS2 station is a bad choice – but the problems it discusses are repeated in numerous other places along the line. And what’s more HS2 Ltd claim that in spite of these problems, they can come up with a Phase 2 route which is “fully costed and within budget” in time for the Secretary of State to make a decision this year. Adrian Millward, former assistant chief engineer…

HS2 Ltd could be askes to help with flood prevention​

4 May, 2016

flood prev More flood-prevention plans are being put together for the south of Aylesbury, two years after big problems on the Willows. A culvert, or stream, under Oxford Road isn't wide enough, according to councillor Mike Smith, and if it gets blocked, we'll see waters rising all over again. He told us they want HS2 to pay to sort it out: "If HS2 happens, they'll be redesigning Oxford Road and what we want them to do as part of that work is…

HS2 event in Kenilworth saw people queuing out the door​

3 May, 2016

train bridge 2 A recent HS2 community event in Kenilworth was so busy at times that attendees were queuing out the door to get in. The event, held at the Kenilworth Centre last week, saw almost 500 people pass through its doors over the course of six hours to speak to experts from the high speed rail project. And although turnout was high, some criticised the relatively small venue the consultation was held in. Chair of Trustees at the Kenilworth Centre John Whitehouse…

Update: Work could begin on huge HS2 construction compound next year​

3 May, 2016

watford Work on a huge construction compound for the controversial HS2 project could start early next year. The compound will be built on the edge of Three Rivers to allow engineers to work on the Chiltern Tunnel. And officers at Hertfordshire County Council say a timetable shows workmen could arrive on site early next year. County council officials add: “This is of high importance as the site compound for the Colne Valley will be constructed first. “The compound will support seven satellite compounds.…

HS2 should be run by the French​

3 May, 2016

train at station Has Jeremy Heywood been given a poisoned chalice to review HS2 (HS2 budget scrutinised by head of civil service, 3 May)? It has almost become an article of religious railway faith that HS2 must be good for Britain, whatever the cost. Never mind how else the money could be spent – on housing, schools, hospitals etc – nor the operating subsidy HS2 will need. As many of our rail services are operated by French, Dutch and German companies, perhaps as with…

Heywood called in to cut £55bn bill for HS2: Cabinet Secretary told to slash costs of the controversial line over fears it cannot be completed within its budget​

3 May, 2016

money Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is reviewing the HS2 rail link He's looking to slash further costs from the line, it was claimed last night Fears are growing that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget  Britain’s top civil servant is reviewing the HS2 rail link as fears grow that it cannot be completed within its £55billion budget. Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood is looking to slash further costs from the controversial line, it was claimed last night.  He is…

Top UK civil servant reviews HS2 project​

2 May, 2016

jeremy heywood Britain’s most senior civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is reviewing HS2 as fears grow that the high-speed railway cannot be built within its £55bn budget in its current form. Heywood, the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, has been quietly investigating HS2 in an effort to cut costly elements. He is expected to report to ministers by the summer. Campaigners opposed to the project believe this couldlead to less compensation for businesses and homeowners whose properties are affected by…
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