Northern leaders want to shut up economist

Professor Lord May of Oxford is so appalled by the behaviour of HS2 Ltd that he says he would trust few people involved with HS2 to mow his lawn. Then, giving evidence, respected Mancunian economist and chair of the Cities Growth Commission, Jim O’Neill, reveals that the leaders of northern cities are unwilling to listen to the strong evidence that shows it would be far preferable for northern cities to be better connected to each other rather than connected by HS2 to London.

House of Lords Ecomonics Affairs Committee: Economic Case for HS2, 13th January 2015

HS2 “incompetent & shambolic” – and won’t help the north

Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, is asked how to improve the northern economy. From Leaders Live (ITV), 26th November 2014.

North West London residents face years of serious disruption – all for the government’s white elephant vanity project. The local MP, Nick Hurd (Conservative) describes the organisation of HS2 Ltd as “incompetent and shambolic”. Tom Edwards reports from Ickenham for BBC London News, 25th November 2014.

No compensation for “like living next to a Berlin Wall”

Londoners whose homes or businesses which will be hit by noise and pollution during construction of HS2 are being short-changed in terms of compensation. They want a similar deal to those affected in rural areas where people up to 300m from the work will get additional money.

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The ‘Fair Deal for London’ Alliance has launched a government e-petition calling for fair compensation for the capital, with the aim of obtaining a debate in parliament on the subject.

If you wish to sign the petition, you can do so at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71100.

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