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Response to residents’ commissioner’s report November 2016​

7 December, 2106

david higgins Once again I would like to thank Deborah Fazan for her ongoing work as the independent Residents’ Commissioner for HS2, and for her fifth report. Fulfilling the Residents’ Charter We have been following up on our response to Ian Bynoe’s independent report published earlier this year. Our community engagement team has been developing proposals for complaint handling and community engagement. These have been tested with focus groups, and their very useful feedback has helped us to rework our Residents’ Charter.…

Richard Branson on track as Virgin Trains gets West Coast extension​

6 December, 2016

virgintrains Virgin Rail was today awarded a third extension to run the West Coast rail into Euston, giving Sir Richard Branson’s transport business another 12 months on the route without facing competition. The Department for Transport was originally due to launch a bidding process on the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow to London in August 2015, but it has since introduced a string of delays. The latest is because the new proposed West Coast Partnership franchise, which will also run…

How will HS2 compensation payouts work?​

6 December, 2016

train mini The proposed HS2 rail line through the Rotherham district has been a bombshell to communities large and small across the area. But what does it mean financially for people living near the line? ANTONY CLAY attempts to unravel the confusing process. Details about compensation for property owners in the line of the proposed HS2 high speed route have been revealed as consultation on the route gets under way. The Government is consulting on the HS2 project through Rotherham and the…

DfT to extend West Coast franchise until 2019 ahead of new WCP​

6 December, 2016

train bridge 2 A short-term contract will be needed to deliver services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) for a year after the current franchise ends, prior to the delivery of the new West Coast Partnership (WCP), the DfT has confirmed. From 1 April 2019, the WCML will be run as a new franchise in combination with HS2.However, this creates a need for an operator to run the franchise after the current contract, which is held by Virgin Trains, ends on 1 April 2018.…

Petition to Parliament for an Independent Technical Review into HS2​

29 November, 2016

parliament exterior 4 Dear Petition to Parliament for an Independent Technical Review into HS2  In September 2016, Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, perfectly summed up the situation regarding HS2: that the case for the project continues to deteriorate, but ministerial support for it seems to be unfaltering in the face of all the facts. A very new petition re HS2 was launched on 11th November 2016 by High Speed UK – http://www.highspeeduk.co.uk/ and has already gained over 3,000 signatures. It states the following:…

Families vow to fight HS2 depot they call “an abomination”​

5 December, 2106

train image 2 Residents have set up an action group to fight controversial plans for an HS2 railhead in Staffordshire. The proposed depot for the high speed railway is being proposed for a site between Stone and Yarnfield. It would initially be used during the construction phase of the route between Lichfield and Crewe, but could become a permanent facility. HS2 Ltd initially proposed a railhead in Crewe, but it now says Stone would be a better site because of its more central…

MP launches scathing attack on HS2 Ltd about treatment of constituents​

5 December, 2106

cheryl latest The MP for Chesham and Amersham has been standing up to HS2 on behalf of her constituents. Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP highlighted what she said was substandard conduct and poor treatment of petitioners in an appearance at the House of Lords. She said constituents in Chesham & Amersham felt that they are being blamed for the 'tortuous' progress of the petitioning process, and then electronic filing of petitions should be allowed. Mrs Gillan went on to say that petitions…

Euston Station Design Panel meets for first time​

2 December, 2016

euston station lines A new panel that will provide advice on design plans for the new HS2 Euston Station met for a site visit and briefing session this week. The Euston Station Design Panel consists of twelve independent design experts. Half are taken from HS2 Ltd’s route-wide independent Design Panel, and the rest from Camden’s Design Review Panel. The purpose of the panel is to provide independent recommendations for design at Euston Station to HS2 Ltd and Camden Council. The HS2 Hybrid Bill…

Anger over ‘flagrant disregard’ of rules at HS2 site​

2 December, 2016

watford 1 Councillors are furious after a high-speed railway company started work without informing authorities. Three Rivers District Council has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling claiming that HS2 ignored a requirement that the company should inform local authorities before starting any work. It said HS2 should have applied for planning permission before starting work at a site in Tilehouse Lane, Maple Cross, but failed to do this and had to submit a retrospective application. The council said it fears for the future…

Government tries to calm HS2 speculation as Wilmslow fears losing London train service​

2 December, 2016

train mini Rail users in Wilmslow are becoming increasingly fearful that the town will lose its direct service to London. Residents are concerned that the existing Virgin Trains west coast mainline service from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston via east Cheshire will stop running as a result of HS2. The Department for Transport revealed its preferred route for the second phase of HS2 on Tuesday, November 15, which will run from Birmingham to Manchester. The route will follow the existing west coast…
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