- It’s the end of this tunnel – but direct action against HS2 likely to continue 27th February 2021
After a month, the final tunneller under Euston Square Gardens East has come out.
Here is how ITV London covered it. And BBC London.
- Rail Chair says 10% fewer trains – so why HS2? 25th February 2021
For the last three days, Rail magazine has been hosting a “National Rail Recovery Conference” to tackle “the urgent challenges… and rebuild a successful, sustainable and smarter railway of the future”.
Rail industry professionals are clearly worried about falling numbers of passengers and the structural changes that will come from changes in travel patterns as a ...
- Tunnels in the Sky 24th February 2021
Over the last month, Sky TV has reported from the protest tunnels in Euston Square Gardens East
Environmentalists’ secret tunnels highlight HS2 greenwash, 27th January Green campaigners chain themselves underground to fight HS2’s environmental destruction, 5th February Chaining ourselves to concrete below ground “is only way to stop HS2 in this ecological emergency”, 17th February These videos are all ...
- Zero pounds for Eurostar 10th February 2021
One of the issues with HS2 is that it does not connect with HS1 and the Eurostar. Spending over £100bn on HS2 will not make it possible to travel from Manchester to Paris on a single train.
Not that this might be relevant in the future. Like the rest of the railway from London – where ...
- The Occasional thoughts of Lord Berkeley 1st February 2021
Lord Tony Berkeley, who was chair of the Rail Freight Group for 15 years, and famously quit as vice-chair of the Oakervee review into HS2, denouncing it as a whitewash written by the very people it was meant to be investigating before writing his own independent report on the project, has commented on what he ...
- Tree Protectors tunnel under Central London to Stop HS2 27th January 2021
Tree protectors have dug and are ready to occupy tunnels underneath Euston Square Gardens East in Central London. For a decade, HS2 Ltd claimed they would not require Euston Square Gardens for the development of Euston station, however after taking Euston Sq Gardens West for a ‘temporary taxi rank’, they now want to take Euston ...
- “If you go down to the woods today” 22nd January 2021
This is a guest post by Chrissie Aslett.
“If you go down to the woods today”……you may experience the same waves of emotion I did when I went to visit the ancient Crackley Woods near Kenilworth in June 2020. The tranquillity was wonderful, silence wrapping around me, the only exception being the calling of birds, the ...
- Sign the Petition: Stop work on HS2 immediately 6th January 2021
A couple of days ago, Chris Packham set up a new petition against HS2 on the Parliament petition website – “Stop work on HS2 immediately and hold a new vote to repeal the legislation“.
It’s already got over 50,000 signatures, and if you haven’t already done so, please could you add your signature. When it reaches 100,000 ...
- HS2 conflicts with the Green Agenda 21st November 2020
This week, the Government unveiled the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution. One of the points concerns protecting and restoring the natural environment and this was the subject of a separate announcement several days earlier.
This earlier document (14th November) contains many schemes of which I am highlighting a few.
“These may ...
- PAC questioning case for HS2 (again) 6th November 2020
The Public Accounts Committee have once again questioned the case for HS2 in a letter sent to the Department for Transport this week.
The letter follows on from an oral evidence session in October which covered a number of issues.
In the letter, Committee Chair, Meg Hillier writes:
Programme uncertainties within HS2
We welcome the HS2 Minster’s first update ...
- Locations of the HS2 Protection Camps 22nd October 2020
We’ve had quite a few people ask us where the camps are. These do change: the most uptodate list is on the HS2 Rebellion site – see here for the full list.
Many of the camps have their own facebook page for the latest information about visiting and supplies needed.
Each camp is autonomous and run ...
- Covid means “The case for building HS2 has gone from questionable to completely non-existent.” 4th September 2020
Today, the Government announced the official start of construction on phase 1 of HS2, with Boris Johnson keen to herald the projected creation of 22,000 construction jobs, but rather less keen to mention that HS2 is projected to permanently displace almost that many jobs.
Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin responded:
“The case for building HS2 has ...
- HS2 Ltd and the Inexcusably Poor Treatment of People 1st September 2020
HS2 Ltd ambitiously set out to acquire by Compulsory Purchase the largest swathes of land & property interests in Britain since World War 2, but like with everything else, they’re not doing very well.
On Phase 1 of the route between Euston and Birmingham the National Audit Office identified around 18,600 land interests. Phase 2a & ...
- Invest in the classic rail network rather than close it says Tony Berkeley 25th August 2020
Earlier this month, Tony Berkeley, former chair of the Rail Freight Group and member of the Oakervee review panel, sent out the following:
The tragic derailment near Stonehaven earlier in August reminds us of the increasing severity of storms and floods on our classic rail system. It follows a warning only four weeks ago ...
- Hillingdon Council wins HS2 planning case in Court of Appeal 3rd August 2020
On Friday, Hillingdon Council successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to overturn a High Court decision concerning the submission of planning applications by HS2 Ltd under the HS2 Act.
The council had refused to approve an application for HS2 works to be undertaken on a site in the borough of archaeological importance on the basis that ...
- Case for HS2 should be revisited despite disappointing court ruling, says Chris Packham 31st July 2020
Chris Packham has spoken out following a Court of Appeal judgment which refused permission on two grounds for a judicial review into the Cabinet’s decision to give the multi-billion pound project the “green signal” on 11 February 2020.
Mr Packham maintains that the COVID-19 pandemic’s massive impact on public finances and the need for a green ...
- Court of Appeal agrees to hear HS2 environmental challenge 3rd July 2020
The Court of Appeal has decided to hear Chris Packham’s appeal regarding an application for permission for judicial review of the Prime Minister’s decision to proceed with the HS2 railway project. The hearing has been listed for 8 July 2020.
Lord Justice Lewison held that the matter is of “considerable public interest” and ordered that a ...
- HS2 use injunction hearing to silence legitimate protest and hide from public accountability 24th June 2020
A High Court hearing has ruled to raise a sudden interim injunction over vast areas of land in the Colne Valley, to prevent the legal right to protest against the controversial HS2 works. Justice Holland, ruling on his third case against peaceful protest in the Colne Valley, judged in favour of a “Substantive Amendment Application, submitted ...
- 20-27 June: Extinction Rebellion and local communities to walk 125m along HS2 route 19th June 2020
Beginning on 20th June, Extinction Rebellion and anti-HS2 groups will set out to walk 125 miles on the HS2 route from Birmingham to London over 7 days
The ‘Rebel Trail’ aims to unite communities standing against HS2 to say: the UK public were never asked how they would spend the now estimated £200 billion cost of ...
- HS2 Ltd and Health and Safety 31st May 2020
Here, HS2 Ltd CEO Mark Thurston explains the importance of health and safety on HS2 worksites, with a few real-world examples showing just how seriously his staff are taking these issues and social distancing rules during lockdown.
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