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HS2 Euston Hub May Not Be Viable, LBC Discovers​

12 December, 2016as an adequate terminus

euston new The time saved by travelling on HS2 could be wasted waiting for a tube at Euston, a London Assembly Member has told LBC. Euston needs a major upgrade to be the main terminal for the high-speed train line from Birmingham - but that will only happen with help from the Crossrail 2 project, a new line running north to south through London. But LBC has discovered that the Government wants Transport for London to raise at least half the money…

European rules on platform heights threaten to slow down HS2​

12 December, 2016

mind the gap The Sunday Times reports that HS2 Ltd is grappling with a height difference between rain and platform of 1 ft 5 inches which will make it difficult for wheelchairs and disabled passengers to board the train. The problem has been caused by RU regulations that limit the height of the platforms to no more than30 inches above the rails. The aim is to ensure that intercity and commuter trains can use stations on the continent. High speed trains are much…

HS2 and policy-based evidence​

9 December, 2016

italo From its inception, HS2 has been dependent on a reverse-engineered business case ‘methodology’, in which the starting point for appraisal was the desired conclusion (‘build HS2’). Examples of policy-based evidence can be seen in the Department for Transport (DfT) November 2015 HS2 strategic case update. According to the Department, the period from 7pm to 8pm is the ‘busiest’ for InterCity West Coast (ICWC) departures from Euston. For planning purposes, DfT considers the demand peak as extending over four hours, between…

Residents urged to attend HS2 public meeting at Winsford​

9 December, 2016

train viaduct RESIDENTS are being urged to attend a public meeting at Winsford Academy next weekend over changes to the planned route for HS2. The call comes from Mid Cheshire Against HS2, which wants to see as many people attend the meeting as possible to show what it says is the strength of opposition to the proposed high speed rail link. The meeting has been organised by Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach following the announcement on November 15 of the modified route through…

Up to 700 people expected at HS2 public meeting in Measham​

10 December, 2016

train pic 6 Up to 700 people are anticipated to turn up to a public meeting to discuss the revised HS2 high speed train route near villages in North West Leicestershire. Organisers of the public meeting to discuss the new revised route for HS2 have been busy distributing 2,000 leaflets advertising the meeting in the villages along the revised route which includes Appleby Magna, Measham and Packington. The meeting, which will decide whether to set up a group to oppose the new route,…

Lords Select Committee announces report publication date​

8 December, 2016

parliament exterior 4 The Select Committee will likely publish its report on Thursday 15 December 2016. The Committee will meet at 10am in public in Committee Room 4. The Chairman will announce the publication of the report and make a few, brief concluding remarks. The Committee will adjourn very shortly thereafter and the report will be made available on the Committee’s website.

Capacity unbecoming​

8 December, 2016

line with fence Publicity about ‘capacity released‘ on the West Coast Main Line ‘becoming available for freight’ is misleading, according to Professor Tony May and Jonathan Tyler. [‘HS2 and the railway network : the case for a review‘, Tony May and Jonathan Tyler, with contributions from Richard Allsop, James Croll and Stephen Plowden, 2016] [It] should be noted that publicity about capacity released on the West Coast Main Line [WCML] becoming available for freight is misleading. Many of the constraints on freight paths will remain, especially…

The South Yorkshire estate hoping to stop HS2 in its tracks​

7 December, 2016

shimmer 1 In the last of our two part series focusing on the impact of HS2, we speak to residents on the Mexborough estate that could be demolished. Chris Bond reports. Six months ago life was sailing on as normal for residents on the Shimmer estate on the outskirts of Mexborough. A number of people living on a Mexborough housing development that could be demolished to make way for a new HS2 line say they are worried the plans could leave them…

‘HS2 stress is making us ill,’ say Doncaster residents​

7 December, 2016

shimmer estate Residents living on a Doncaster estate which could be demolished to make way for a proposed HS2 line say uncertainty over its future is making them ill. Seven months ago every resident on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough received a letter stating their house may need to be demolished because their estate falls on the proposed HS2 route. The Government is expected to make a decision on the proposal for the new line, which has been re-routed through Doncaster after…

New HS2 ‘tunnel plan’ has not gone down well with some Leeds residents​

7 December, 2106

????????????????????????????????????????? Revised plans for HS2 as it passes through Woodlesford have done away with viaducts in favour of a tunnel. Neil Hudson asked residents what they made of the new tunnel plans Woodlesford might best be described as a ‘fringe’ town, being on the very edge of the Leeds, a stone’s throw from Wakefield but still rural enough to feel distinct from the endless urban sprawl. The drive in affords long views over frost-tinged December fields cut through by dense dark…
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