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HS2 seeks phase 1 class approval for building works​

21 December, 2016

tracks 4 HS2 Ltd is seeking blanket planning permission for support work to building its London to the West Midlands route. Paragraph 5 of Schedule 17 of the HS2 Phase 1 Bill, currently being considered by the House of Lords, allows the transport secretary to make a class approval, automatically approving construction arrangements during the works. These relate to handling of re-useable spoil or topsoil; storage sites for construction materials, spoil or topsoil; construction camps; works screening; artificial lighting; dust suppression; and…

Woodland Trust disappointed at lack of understanding in Lords HS2 report​

20 Dcember, 2016

hs2 ancient woodland_3 The Woodland Trust is disappointed at the report from the House of Lords HS2 Bill Committee which seems to take little account of the advice of the Government’s statutory nature conservation advisers – Natural England. Austin Brady, Director of Conservation at the Woodland Trust said: “The Committee seems generally out of step with key areas of government policy that attach great importance to protecting irreplaceable ancient woodland. We would expect the Department of Transport and HS2 Ltd to act on Natural…

Electrification works delay due to lost skills​

20 December, 2016

david higgins High Speed 2 (HS2) chairman Sir David Higgins has blamed a non-skilled workforce for the delays on the Great Western electrification works. In a parliamentary transport select committee inquiry taking evidence on HS2, Higgins said that the skills needed to carry out the electrification works had been lost in this country and that the industry had not known how to do the works. ”The industry can deliver, he said. ”They delivered it with the Olympics and the electrification programme at the…

Warwickshire: Council reacts to Lords HS2 report​

20 December, 2016

train tunnel A report into the legislation to build HS2 from the House of Lords Select Committee has been met with a mixed reaction from leading councillors. The House of Lords HS2 Select Committee published its findings last week after sitting for more than 60 days and hearing 314 petitions since May. Warwickshire County Council presented its fourth petition to Parliament in July on unresolved issues including local authority costs and ecology. In the report, the Lords main recommendations are to remove…

Lords urge HS2 to offer ‘fair compensation’ to Camden residents​

19 December, 2016

euston Camden residents should receive more compensation because of the scale of disruption caused by HS2, the House of Lords committee for the HS2 Bill recommended in its final report. The committee’s principal suggestion was that households in Camden which are so exposed to noise that they are entitled to noise insulation should be treated in the same way as households within 120 metres of the route in an area where the Rural Support Zone (RSZ) applies. These households would then be…

Camden residents should get fair compensation for ‘unprecedented’ HS2 disruption, Lords say​

19 December, 2016

sarah haywood 2 Camden residents affected by the construction of High Speed 2 (HS2) should be given “fairer” compensation, a House of Lords report has recommended. The HS2 rail line will connect Euston station with the Midlands by 2026 and with the North by 2032. But Regent’s Park, Somers Town, St Pancras, Adelaide Road, Alexandra Palace and Salusbury Road are set to be hit by years of “unprecedented disruption” while it is constructed. The Lords report, published on Friday, said the “human rights…

MPs are getting an HS2 hotline, thanks to one Bucks MP​

16 December, 2016

CherylGillan 4 MPs are getting an HS2 hotline, thanks to one Bucks MP. Cheryl Gillan called for the phone line, so MPs can directly talk to the company behind the plans about constituents' worries. She told us she hopes it'll improve the poor service they've had in the past. Mrs Gillan has repeatedly requested that a hotline for MPs should be set up in HS2 Ltd, so that MP enquiries and constituency cases could be raised and resolved more quickly and efficiently.…

Lords reject powers for non HS2 land grab​

16 December, 2016

farming Successful lobbying by the NFU and others has seen Peers reject attempts by Government to allow HS2 Ltd to buy land through compulsory purchase to develop projects which are unrelated to the construction of the high speed rail line. A report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the High Speed Rail Bill (London-West Midlands) has made the recommendation. It states “in our opinion it is not sound law-making to create wide powers permitting the expropriation of private property on the…

All aboard the gravy train​

16 December, 2016

money 2 High Speed Two Limited is the private firm “responsible for developing and promoting the UK’s new high speed rail network”. It is wholly funded by the taxpayer through a government grant-in-aid under the umbrella of the Department for Transport. HS2 Ltd this morning released its corporate purchasing card statements for the second quarter of the year. They reveal the gravy train summer enjoyed by rail pen-pushers. Despite the company having its own office space in flashy Canary Wharf, £3,836 was paid to “Canary Wharf” for “staff training…

CLA heralds breakthrough as Lords reject sweeping powers for non HS2 land grab​

15 Decemebr, 2016

misbourne Landowners have welcomed the strong rejection by Peers of attempts by Ministers to allow HS2 Ltd to buy land through compulsory purchase to develop projects which are unrelated to the construction of the railway line. The rejection was made in the report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill published today (15 December). CLA President Ross Murray: “The attempt to use this Bill to give HS2 Ltd sweeping powers to…
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