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HS2: Compensate to recognise “human rights of thousands of residents”, say House of Lords​

15 December, 2016

euston station new entrance Camden Council is urging HS2 Ltd to act on the House of Lords Select Committee report’s recommendations for fairer compensation for residents, the joint design and funding for a world-class Euston station and to accept the removal of unnecessary compulsory purchase powers from the HS2 Bill. The Committee’s report strongly supports many of Camden’s main petitioning points, making recommendations on key issues raised by residents and businesses over years of campaigning to reduce the impact of HS2 on Camden. Its recommendations for…

Lords: HS2 Bill Committee publishes report​

15 December, 2016

parliament interior The Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Lords) has today published its report.   Special Report: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (PDF) Special Report: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (HTML) The Department for Transport is expected to respond to the Committee’s report. Its response will be published on this website. This report marks the conclusion of the Select Committee’s work. The Bill will now continue its parliamentary stages:…

HS2 – when the going gets tough, its time to head off​

15 December, 2016

david higgins euston It won't come as any surprise to HS2 watchers that the organisation's Chairman is to quit. To observers it seemed that Sir David Higgins had been heading for the exit sign for some time. Not long ago Sir David was pleading for political consensus to keep the project on track, when all main parties had been unswervingly behind the project since approval in January, 2012. HS2 Ltd also lost its Chief Executive, Simon Kirby a few months back. Only this…

HS2 chairman takes job at Gatwick​

15 December, 2016

david higgins HS2’s chairman, Sir David Higgins, is to become chairman of Gatwick next month, leaving the £55bn high-speed rail project with an increasingly occupied figurehead and no permanent chief executive. Higgins, who also spends time working in Australia as a director of the Commonwealth Bank, will take over from Sir Roy McNulty on 1 January at the Sussex airport. He is paid £240,000 for three days a week at HS2 and is understood to be remaining in post as chair for up to a year,…

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill Select Committee (Lords)​

15 December, 2016

parliament exterior 4 House of Lords report on HS2. To view the statement from the Chairman of the Committee, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe,  click here For the webpage of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Select Committee click here  

HS2: Hundreds of concerned residents attend meeting about new Leicestershire route​

15 December, 2016

train mini More than 300 people attended a meeting to express concern about the proposed new route of HS2 as it cuts through Leicestershire. The £56 billion rail route will run through north west Leicestershire as it heads from Birmingham to Leeds passing through Measham. It had originally been planned to run the line west of the village but last month the Government altered it to go to the east. The residents who gathered at St Lawrence Church in Measham are worried about…

Come aboard zoom rail​

14 December, 2016

toy train Nothing surprises us about HS2 Ltd any more. This week we learnt that consultants were commissioned to produce an education programme to promote the high-speed rail project to children at primary schools on the proposed route. To quote: “With no perfect answer, students must weigh the competing advantages and disadvantages, balancing community, environmental and economic factors to make the best choice,” the task description for teachers reads. It’s a big ask for the students. After all, the same degree of…

Next permanent boss of HS2 Ltd ‘could get bonus to encourage them to stay’​

13 December, 2016

money The next permanent boss of HS2 Ltd could be paid a bonus to avoid them being bought off by the private sector, the company's chairman Sir David Higgins has said. Simon Kirby, who earns a reported salary of £750,000 as the organisation's chief executive, leaves this week to take a senior role at aerospace giant Rolls-Royce. Sir David told the Commons' Transport Select Committee that Mr Kirby's successor could be incentivised to remain in the post by the structure of…

Sir David Higgins at the Transport Select Committee​

13 December, 2106

david higgins To watch the session of the Transport Select Committee hels on 12 December questioning Sir David Higgins, the Chairman of HS2 Ltd, click on the following link - http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/36eecf6d-6105-42e0-9e59-9229b14730dc    

HS2 accused of ‘brainwashing’ schoolchildren on high-speed rail route​

12 December, 2016

george orwell The company behind the HS2 rail project has been accused of using Orwellian propaganda tactics after it awarded a £280,000 contract to promote the high-speed rail project to children at primary schools on the proposed route. HS2 Ltd has contracted London-based Hopscotch Consulting to develop an education programme aimed at young children. Primary schools near the route have received an email from Hopscotch inviting them to “come aboard Zoom Rail, HS2’s Primary School Engagement Programme”. Materials for teachers from HS2 Ltd’s existing education programme, seen…
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