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  • “No clear end in sight” to HS2 cost says PAC report 22nd September 2021
    Earlier today (Wednesday), the Public Accounts Committee of MPs issuedtheir latest report into HS2, ‘HS2 Summer 2021’. Reacting to the report, Penny Gaines, Chair of Stop HS2 said, “It’s over a decade since HS2 was first announced, and in that time we’ve seen costs triple, and the completion date pushed further and further into the future. The ...
  • HS2 debate at 6pm today in Parliament 13th September 2021
    The HS2 Westminster Hall debate is at 6pm today (Monday) and we’ll be tweeting about it as @stophs2 and @penny_gaines. You’ll be able to watch it live on the Parliament TV website here, and it should also be available later.
  • The 2019 Westminster Hall debate on HS2 13th September 2021
    While there has been a lot of hype and build up to the Westminster Hall debate due to take place on HS2 on the 13th of September 2021 at around 6pm, maybe there should have been a bit more honesty as to what a Westminster Hall debate actually is. Westminster Hall – or the debating ...
  • Emergency! 9-9-9 National Action Day 7th September 2021
    HS2 Rebellion supporters are organising a national Day of Action on Thursday 9th September. For latest details see their website here. Join us from 9am to 5pm on 9th September 2021 at various locations along the HS2 route of destruction for events, actions and gatherings to help #stopHS2. The day of action will be a great introduction to the ...
  • Is the Eastern leg of HS2 for the chop? 4th September 2021
    Just recently, there have been a number of news items suggesting that the Eastern leg of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds might be scrapped – see here, here and here for example. The government have asked HS2 Ltd to “pause” work on the Eastern leg, but will it be cancelled, or will it be unpaused? Listening to ...
  • Cook’s left with no replacement for HS2 Chair 12th August 2021
    When Allen Cook announced his resignation as HS2 Chair in February 2021, you’d have thought finding a replacement for a project which will cost over £100 billion would be a high priority for the Department for Transport. But earlier this week, the New Civil Engineer wrote that there was still no replacement for Cook who left the ...
  • HS2 debate in Parliament 13th September 28th July 2021
    In response to the petition  “Stop work on HS2 immediately and hold a new vote to repeal the legislation“, a debate on HS2 has been scheduled for Monday 13th September in the Houses of Parliament. If you signed the petition (thank you to the many thousands of people who did), you should have got an email ...
  • Join Chris Packham at 7pm Friday 9th July 2021
    Chris Packham writes: Apologies for the short notice. If you can, please join me live this evening, together with a live panel who’ll be discussing the destruction caused by HS2, the resistance to it, and more. The live event can be found at 7pm on YouTube here, and on Facebook here. Hope you can join us. Many thanks. Best. Chris Packham PS – Please check ...
  • A referendum on HS2? 18th June 2021
    The LibDem’s Sarah Green has won the Chesham and Amersham by-election and is now the local Member of Parliament. The election was called following the death of Cheryl Gillan, MP, who had strongly opposed HS2 ever since it had been announced. On a local level Green was strongly opposed to the project promising to be a “thorn ...
  • Coming Soon – Lost Along the Line 15th June 2021
    Lost Along the Line – due to be released tomorrow – is a film about the devastating impact of HS2 on wildlife. When destruction began across the UK to make way for the HS2 rail line, wildlife filmmakers joined campaigners to document deforestation not seen in the nation for millennia. ‍ Their journey down the line ...
  • NFU calls on HS2 to up its game when communicating with farmers 29th May 2021
    HS2 Ltd must drastically improve its communication and engagement with farmers affected by the rail project, many of which are left distressed due to uncertainty and mounting financial pressures, the NFU said on Thursday. The call comes following the publication of a new report¹ from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman investigating a series of complaints ...
  • Ombudsman finds HS2 to be “Dishonest, Misleading and Inconsistent” and Guilty of Maladministration – Again. 27th May 2021
    A report published today (Thursday 27 May 2021). from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Embargoed release and report linked in notes) into the mismanagement of the purchase of the family home of Jonathan and Elaine Loescher in Staffordshire has found that HS2 Ltd was dishonest, misleading and inconsistent, and the organisation failed to follow ...
  • Consultation on hybrid bill procedure launched by Parliament 30th April 2021
    The Houses of Parliament have launched an inquiry on hybrid bills – and they want to hear from you. They say We welcome responses from anyone concerned with Hybrid Bill procedure, but in particular we invite responses from Members of both Houses, parliamentary agents, petitioners and those who have been involved with recent hybrid legislation. The deadline for responses is Friday 23rd July 2021. The aim of the review ...
  • High Court Judge grants permission for HS2 to destroy Jones Hill Wood in shocking U-turn 28th April 2021
    From the Jones’ Hill Wood Campaigners – originally published here In a shocking U-turn of events, High Court Judge, Mr Justice Holgate refused permission for Mark Keir (representing the Jones Hill Wood Earth protectors) to apply for judicial review and lifted the injunction which had been placed to suspend the felling of Jones Hill Wood until ...
  • Landowners to Feel the Brunt of HS2 Incompetence Again, as CPO Extension Refused 21st April 2021
    Landowners are set to get screwed over by HS2 at a lightning pace, at least in the short-term, following the Department for Transport refusing to give HS2 Ltd another get out of jail free card for a problem that we all saw coming. About a month ago HS2 Ltd admitted the inevitable, that they cannot complete ...
  • HS2 Ordered to Publish Assessment of Risks to the Public Water Supply 20th April 2021
    After a two-year battle, a first tier tribunal has made a unanimous decision that HS2 Ltd was not entitled to withhold assessments of the risks that their pile-driving in the Colne Valley poses to public water supplies. HS2 Ltd must now must publish unredacted versions of three risk assessments for work taking place in the ...
  • HS2 and the Ancient Woodlands going as Biomass to Power Stations 19th April 2021
    Whilst I’m no longer Campaign Manager for Stop HS2, after eleven years it’s something that I suspect I will never totally walk away from. In fact it seems that I’ve done more in the last month since I officially stepped down than I did in the two months before. But obviously whatever I do, the ...
  • HS2 Ordered to Cease Work at Jones Hill Wood 16th April 2021
    Justice Lang has ordered HS2 Ltd to stop all felling work at Jones Hill Wood, following the issuing of licences by Natural England to disturb the protected barbastelle bats which live there. Work could not recommence until after the outcome of a Judicial Review application brought by Mark Keir, which could now be heard on ...
  • Petition: Urgently Suspend Felling at Jones Hill Wood 15th April 2021
    The Jones’ Hill Wood Earth Protectors write: Felling is happening at record speed in Jones’ Hill Wood and this is our last chance to stop it. We need you to help us. Court papers have been lodged challenging the licensing decision and regulatory failure by Natural England at Jones’ Hill Wood, an ancient woodland currently being destroyed by ...
  • Jones Hill Wood, Natural England, HS2 and Bat Licences 7th April 2021
    “HS2 have been issued the licence which allows them to destroy bat roosts in Jones’ Hill Wood. This allows felling of the wood we hold so dear. We believe however the licence is not legally issued, and are looking at our options.”
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