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Cheryl Gillan MP: The case for HS2 has collapsed​

cheryl latest After four agonising years of gestation, the Second Reading of the HS2 (Phase 1) Hybrid Bill will take place on Monday. Yet the astonishing reality remains that this project is delivering less now than the promises made in the first year it was proposed. Not only will MPs vote on this bill largely in ignorance of the risks associated with this leviathan project, but also blinded by the razzle-dazzle of the enormous PR operation to boost the perception of its…

The Case for HS2 Is This …Not What We Said Before​

farming cla The reaction of the boss of Eurotunnel, Jacques Gounon, to the decision to abandon the HS1/HS2 link has become the default setting for the way the project jumps from one justification to the next. Mr Gounon's bewilderment is understandable given network connectivity was, until a short time ago, hailed as a key advantage of HS2; but no longer. Sir David Higgins probably recognised that the proposed link between Euston and St Pancras was not fit for purpose but to then…

Chunnel slams plan to axe HS2 link to Europe​

channel tunnel The boss of Eurotunnel has said plans to axe the link between High Speed 2 and the railway to the Continent are “a mistake” that will cost more in lost productivity than the £700m saved. Jacques Gounon said “with a significant investment like this you’re making the wrong saving by not achieving such connections”, arguing that the high-speed link to the Channel Tunnel produced a big bump in traffic once it was fully open in 2007. “You have clear evidence…

We need to go beyond HS2 and build a Liverpool-Leeds rail link​

hs2 track from above_5 A high-speed rail connection between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would be transformative for the north. Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds are separated by a mere 65 miles. Yet board a train at one end of this corridor and it will be nearly two hours before you alight at the other end. We ought to be seriously considering building a high speed alternative. The current Transpennine Express trains trundle across the Pennines with a meandering listlessness reminiscent of a distracted pony. They…

HS2: David Cameron faces fresh revolt amid Euston warnings​

HS1 track 096_9 David Cameron faced a fresh revolt over HS2 today amid warnings that Euston will be overrun by passengers. Senior Conservative MPs David Davis, Sir Edward Leigh and Caroline Spelman, the former Environment Secretary, will lead a rebellion against the High Speed Rail Bill when MPs return to the Commons on Monday. They will argue it is flawed on a string of grounds, including that it: Fails to provide sufficient public transport to disperse passengers arriving at Euston on high-speed services;…

Alex Salmond to examine viability of Scottish HS2​

canal First Minister announces study into extending new high speed rail links north during a speech in England on St George's Day Alex Salmond has announced a new study into whether planned high speed rail link should be extended into Scotland during a speech south of the border on St George's Day. The First Minister said the UK's current HS2 proposals "lack high ambition" for the north of England and could result in the area missing out on the benefits of…

HS2 opponents prepare for battle​

hs2 parliament statue_6 There is a good chance of a significant rebellion against the planned high-speed rail line (HS2) from Conservative backbenchers, when the Commons returns on April 28th. With the hot breath of Ukip on their necks (one Conservative MP is helpfully reproducing on his website Ukip's 2010 manifesto commitment to a high speed rail network) a number of MPs may feel the need to signal to their constituents that they're against, and with Labour supporting HS2, they can do so without…

Is This the Best We Can Do for £50bn?​

hs2 rail tracks_3 http://gallery.mailchimp.com/c4a68cabfa10dd71ef5536c5e/files/HS2AA_Flaws_Info_rev_3.pdf Why HS2 Makes No Sense for the UK High Speed 2 Action Alliance

Forget thriving South East and focus on our neglected regions​

hs2-rail-link_13 The Government should stop HS2 and spend half the sum saved on speedy connections between northern and Scottish cities and enhancing Northern and Western ports and airports. There is a select committee for the development of other countries but none for the regional development of Britain. There are no fewer than three House of Commons committees to monitor MPs but none to examine UK regional development. As the regional distortions of economic development reach record levels and mass movements of…

MPs to debate second reading of High Speed Rail Bill on 28 April​

parliament debate MPs are to debate the second reading of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 28 April 2014.  The debate is expected to start at 3.30pm following the conclusion of Home Office Questions, but could be later if any Urgent Questions or Ministerial Statements are granted on the day. Timings are approximate and Parliamentary business is subject to change. Watch the second reading debate of the High Speed Rail Bill live on…
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