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HS2 asked homeowner to cut compensation request by £20,000​

hs2 lichfield viaduct_1 High speed rail bosses asked a home owner whose property will be blighted by the line to reduce their compensation claim by £20,000 - so they could arrange to rent it out to someone else. The figure emerged during a Commons exchange on compensation for people affected by the £50 billion HS2 project. Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, revealed: "A constituent of mine, having arrived at a value that was supposed to be fair, was then asked by HS2 to…

Foreign companies would build HS2​

crossrail Today in Manchester, HS2 Ltd is holding its 2014 ‘Northern’ supply chain conference. At the London supply chain conference a few days ago, HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby repeated the phoney claim about 90-plus-percent of Crossrail contracts going to ‘UK-based firms’. Simon Kirby, one of several former Network Rail executives who has joined HS2 Ltd, said it was "determined to build on Crossrail's success where 97% of conracts were placed with UK-based firms. But, as reported in the Fincial times…

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee: Economic Case for HS2 – 21 October​

hol select committee Committee Room 1 Meeting started on Tuesday 21 October at 3.36pm. Ended at 5.57pm Economic Case for HS2 Witnesses Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consultants; Lewis Atter, KPMG; and Jim Steer, Davis Gleave Consultants Professor Stephen Glaister Visit the Committee's homepage. To watch the session click here    

PMQs: Cameron makes out ‘Devo Met’ Northern Powerhouse report supports HS2, when it doesn’t​

parliament debate Yesterday at Prime Ministers Questions, David Cameron praised a report from the Royal Society’s City Growth Commission, which as a result of debates following the Scottish Referendum calls for more powers for English regions. However, the commission said transport was more important than devolution in improving the economic fortunes of English provincial cities, with commission chairman Jim O’Neill saying: “The whole idea of connecting cities through much more sophisticated and affordable and better infrastructure in my judgment will probably do…

HS2 Select Committee To Visit South Northamptonshire​

andrea leadsom 2 Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire will be accompanying the HS2 Select Committee on their visit to South Northamptonshire during the morning of 27th October 2014. The Committee will be visiting sites flagged up by individual petitioners in order to discuss residents’ concerns, with a view to adjusting some of the specifics of the project to better mitigate the effects of construction and operation of the line. Andrea said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity this visit will give residents to…

House of Commons debate on HS2 Compensation​

parliament from thames Ob 21 October MPs discussed the current government proposals to compensate home owners affected by HS2 Opening the debate, Chery Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham said: "I have received numerous representations from people affected by HS2. The theme, I am afraid, is a common one: despair at the current compensation arrangements and a feeling of powerlessness from people who think they cannot influence the process." It was clear from the contributions of other MPs during the debate that enormous…

HS2 costs increase by over £1bn, but not according to HS2 Ltd​

money The costs associated with Phase 1 contracts of HS2 have increased by £1.15bn, an increase of 11% since November last year, whilst some costs do not now appear in the budgets for contracts for be tendered on. The biggest increase is that of the cost of the surface route, which has risen 41% from £2.7bn to £3.8bn. Despite it being clear that the overall costs of six contract headings have increased, an HS2  Ltd spokesman told Construction News that this did not reflect an…

Insitute of Directors – there are higher priorities than HS2​

construction The Government should devolve more powers to Northern cities in order to reduce the North-South economic divide, according to the director general of the Institute of Directors (IoD).   Simon Walker believes that businesses could benefit from lower taxes if cities like Leeds and Newcastle had greater control over their finances. Mr Walker, who is due to visit Leeds today to open the IoD’s new regional headquarters in Old Broadcasting Place, is concerned about the unevenness of prosperity across the…

House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee 21 October – the economic case for HS2​

hol select committee The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will take evidence from the consultants who assessed the economic case for HS2. Witnesses On Tuesday 21 October, at 3.35pm, Committee Room 2a, Palace of Westminster: Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Consultants Lewis Atter, KPMG Jim Steer, Steer Davis Gleave Consultants 4.30pm: Professor Stephen Glaister, Imperial College London The first session will focus on: How robust are the findings in KPMG’s report for HS2 Ltd of a £15bn annual uplift for the UK economy by…

Campaigners predict traffic ‘nightmare’ during HS2 construction​

staffs viaduct HS2 campaigners are predicting “a nightmare” on local roads during the construction of the proposed high speed rail link. The claim comes from campaign group Mid Cheshire Against HS2, which spoke to Wincham Parish Council. Chris Wilson from the group told councillors there would be a significant impact on the local area during the construction period of phase two of the link. “When they start to build this line there is going to be significant disruption through the area for…
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