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Rail experts say high-speed HS2 project is ‘out of control’​

31 August, 2016

euston new Parts of the line have been labelled as over-complicated and the plans to redevelop London’s Euston station a “white elephant” Rail experts have heavily criticised HS2, calling the project “out of control” and a “dog’s dinner”, while labelling parts of the line over-complicated and the plans to redevelop London’s Euston station a “white elephant”. The £50 billion North to South high-speed railway is one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever planned in the UK and would be the longest line…

We are saying no to HS2​

31 August, 2016

HS1 wall As you are probably aware HS2 is coming to South Yorkshire. What you won’t be aware of, unless you are directly affected by it, is how devastating the news is. Until we knew it was coming through our villages we felt sympathy for those directly affected but not much more than that. However, now HS2 is closer to home we hope you take some time to listen to our thoughts. HS2 clearly were not interested in them as we were…

More than 700 civil servants, officials and “quangocrats”earned more than £100,000 last year​

30 August, 2016

money More than 700 civil servants, officials and "quangocrats"earned more than £100,000 last year costing the taxpayer more than £100million, according to official figures. An analysis by The Daily Telegraph found that the number of officials earning six-figure salaries has risen by nearly a fifth over the past two years. The number of officials earning more than the Prime Minister's £142,500 salary has risen by a quarter to 332. The highest earner was Simon Kirby, the chief executive of High Speed 2, who is…

HS2 and ordinary folk​

28 August, 2016

clouds It goes without saying that everyone at HS2 Ltd has got vision, but no-one has more of it than Andrew McNaughton, its Technical Director. He told the Institute of Mechanical Engineers magazine this month: “I’m most excited about designing HS2 around humans.  We are building a new railway system from scratch, and so need to consider the human elements of the operators, constructors and the passengers as the end beneficiary. As such we are using key Human Factors professionals in…

Campaigners stage protest march over new HS2 rail route​

28 August, 2016

wakefield pro 2 Campaigners angry at the proposed route for the new HS2 rail line have staged a protest march through Crofton near Wakefield. They claim the line will ruin their community and devalue house prices and say alternative routes should be considered. They were joined by Lord St Oswald from Nostell Priory who signed their petition. HS2 told Calendar they were committed to helping the community through this period of uncertainty. ITV News

Mayor of London too busy to meet with Rogers, Farrell or Jane Duncan​

26 August, 2016

sadiq khan FOI correspondence obtained by the AJ shows top architects lobbying Sadiq Khan after his election victory London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has turned down separate meeting requests with three of the UK’s most prominent architects by citing his busy schedule. Correspondence released under Freedom of Information to the Architects’ Journal shows that Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell – both advisors to former mayors – wrote to Khan in the wake of his election victory in May, as did RIBA president…

HS2 considering future of ‘no prior knowledge’ compensation requirement​

26 August, 2016

placade Homeowners affected by HS2 may be entitled to compensation even if they bought their property knowing it could be affected by the high-speed rail project, the chairman of HS2 has said. As part of ongoing efforts to address concerns that HS2 is failing to engage with residents along the rail line, Deborah Fazan, the residents’ commissioner, recommended that its compensation arrangements be reviewed. In particular, she said that a requirement for residents to prove they had ‘no prior knowledge’ of the scheme when they…

HS2 Traffic Modelling Report for London Boroughs Camden & Westminster (including TfL’s planned CS11 scheme)​

26 August, 2016

train image 2 Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, This is a formal FOIA 2000 Request for an electronic copy of the following information : HS2 Traffic Modelling Plan / Data / Report for London Boroughs Camden & Westminster (including TfL's proposed Cycle Superhighway 11 scheme). Yours faithfully, Daniel​ Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -…

Protestors hold walk against HS2 route​

26 August, 2016

wakefiled pro A protest group fighting against plans to build the controversial HS2 route has organised a walk to raise their concerns. Revised proposals for the scheme show the rail tracks 40 miles East compared to the initial plan, meaning trains could speed past Crofton and Sharlston villages. Crofton Against HS2 has invited people to join them on a walk from Crofton Community Centre, to Nostell Priory, where Lord St Oswald will meet campaigners and a petition against the route will officially…

Camden Council asks Cartmel residents about HS2 Ltd’s Hampstead Road Bridge proposal​

26 August, 2016

euston station lines Camden Council is asking residents living closest to Hampstead Road Bridge if they would want to stay in their homes if HS2 Ltd continues with their latest proposal to increase the road level by up to 4.2 metres. The results of the survey will help the Council understand the views of residents so that they can be represented in future negotiations with HS2 Ltd. HS2 Ltd published their revised proposal for Hampstead Road Bridge on 22 July, which showed only…
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