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HS3 ‘set to speed past HS2’​

16 October, 2106

TRANSPORT Trains 100471 A high speed rail line linking the North from coast to coast could be completed before the High Speed 2 scheme, under new plans being considered by ministers. Insiders claim work could be speeded up on HS3, which connects cities from Liverpool to Hull, under the Government’s Northern Powerhouse project. A Whitehall source said: “The idea that work could be given priority over the second phase of HS2 is not one ministers are hostile to.” The second phase of HS2…

HS2′s the word​

16 October, 2016

bob dylan There is something of the parent watching their offspring come last in an egg and spoon race on sports day, in the attempts by successive transport ministers to big-up HS2. It is as though the appropriate rhetorical flourish will make all the bad stuff go away. Lat week, Transport Minister, Andrew Jones said HS2 should be renamed the Grand Union Railway as the project is not actually about speed. He admitted the line was more about boosting capacity than high speed because…

HS2 ‘would carve Long Eaton in half’​

15 October, 2016

line laying The HS2 rail plan has sparked a political row over how to best protect Long Eaton - which is claimed to be the only town that the scheme will "cut in two". The proposed HS2 rail line would connect London to Birmingham and other cities, with a line coming through Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and a potential station near Toton. However, services in this area aren't expected to start until around 2033. At a meeting of Erewash Borough Council in Long Eaton Town…

The need for respect as HS2 edges closer​

15 October, 2016

aylesbury 2 While steadfast residents fought their corner against the surprising arrival of HS2 contractors in a leafy corner of Fairford Leys last Tuesday, 87 miles away in a conference room in Birmingham a besuited man was bracing a lectern to deliver an important speech. While HS2 workers were deploying a crane in Napier Road to manoeuvre fencing bundles around cars which had blocked their way, the government’s new transport minister Chris Grayling was addressing the Conservative Party conference. Mr Grayling said:…

HS2: Council to make qualifying authority decision​

14 October, 2016

euston station lines The Council will make a decision next week (17 October) on whether or not to become a qualifying authority for the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway scheme, which would give the Council some powers when considering various applications relating to the HS2 scheme. The Council remains opposed to HS2 because it will bring nearly two decades of disruption to Camden. If HS2 goes ahead, the Council is committed to securing the best deal for Camden by pushing HS2 Ltd to…

HS2: Community, business and road safety funds will not go far enough to address impacts on Camden​

14 October, 2016

euston aerial The Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed £70 million funding to support local communities, businesses and road safety along the HS2 route, but these measures will not go far enough to address the impacts of the scheme on Camden. The Secretary of State, Chris Grayling MP, confirmed three funds for areas impacted by HS2 at a recent conference. These include a previously announced combined £40 million for the HS2 Community and Environment Fund, and the Business and Local Economy…

“Beyond hypocrisy”: HS2 campaigners in Kenilworth slam Transport Secretary​

14 October, 2016

New Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come under heavy criticism from Kenilworth campaigners against the HS2 high-speed rail line near the town. Mr Grayling announced this week that the Government is still “fully committed” to HS2 just a week after the project was met by a frosty reception at the Conservative Party Conference. In his speech, delivered at Canary Wharf, Mr Grayling declared that the case for HS2 “is as strong as ever”. But campaigners have said this is at…

HS2: new measures a “disgrace” say protestors​

14 October, 2016

train pic 6 Protesters against a 
high-speed rail line near 
Leamington said measures put forward by the new 
Government are a “disgrace”. HS2 continues to attract criticism after Prime Minister Theresa May promised her Government would continue to support the high-speed rail line (HS2) linking London and Birmingham. The new Government also promised revised compensation packages for those affected - which includes residents in Cubbington. Peter Delow, of the Cubbington Action Group Against HS2, said HS2 was described as “overly ambitious” in a…

HS2 Ltd publishes low emission vehicles study​

14 October, 2016

euston redev 2 HS2 Ltd has published the study carried out as part of the assurances secured by the Council in December 2015 to reduce the impact of HS2 construction vehicles on air quality in Camden. The study, which was undertaken by HS2 Ltd with input from Camden Council and Transport for London, formed the basis for the vehicle emissions assurances secured by the Council before our appearance at the House of Lords Select Committee in September 2016. The study explored how HS2 Ltd’s commitments to…

Hundreds march through Bramley in protest to HS2 plans​

14 October, 2016

rotherham 1 A community was united in protest against a proposed high speed rail line - with backing by supporters from far and wide. Around 300 people marched through Bramley on Saturday to show their anger at the revised HS2 route which could cut through areas of Rotherham and the Dearne Valley. The protesters waved banners and chanted “No to HS2” as they walked from Bramley Parish Hall on Cross Street, up Flash Lane, down Broadlands, Wood Fields and finally to Westerton…
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