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  • 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. See here 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. Click these links for Facebook and Twitter versions of the video below.
  • And so it begins: HS2 Contaminating the Chiltern Aquifer 30th May 2020
    Yesterday, the River Chess Association very issued this appeal to their supporters on their Facebook page: Please take some time to contact the Environment Agency about the pollution of the Misbourne and Shardeloes Lake. The Hot line is 0800807060. The message should be “I am aware that Shardeloes Lake near Amersham has changed colour and is ...
  • Bat Massacre during Boris’ Lockdown Chopdown 29th May 2020
    Wildlife and habitat protectors along the proposed route of phase one of HS2 today held a series of demonstrations to highlight the fact that HS2 Ltd have been using the lockdown to bypass environmental protections, and almost certainly slaughter wildlife on an industrial scale. Back in March, the RSPB asked the public to report any wildlife ...
  • Latest Polling – Support for HS2 drops from 34% to 28% in 4 months whilst opposition grows. 25th May 2020
    In the latest YouGov polling, conducted on 18th May 2020, just over one quarter of British adults support the construction of HS2, with support for the project dropping from 34% to 28% since the last polling on Janurary 21st. Opinions of the project have sharply diverged, with opposition to the project rising from 39% to ...
  • McVey: Spend HS2 Money on Digital Infrastructure Post Covid 19 21st May 2020
    The £100 billion being spent on HS2 should be ploughed into improving digital infrastructure in the country as we prepare for a post-Covid 19 way of working and living, Tatton MP Esther McVey has said in her Blue Collar Podcast. Plans for the high-speed rail line should be stopped and money ploughed into ensuring all areas ...
  • Byng and Berkeley on the HS2 “badly off course” PAC report 18th May 2020
    Lord Berkeley, former chair of the Rail Freight Group and author of the Dissenting Report into HS2 in January of this year, welcomes the Public Accounts Committee report issued today. The report is the first time that a Parliamentary Committee has set out in such stark terms the failings in transparency of the Department for Transport ...
  • MPs Confirm Parliament & Public Consistently Lied to Over Cost of HS2 17th May 2020
    A damning report from the Public Accounts Committee has today concluded that HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport deliberated lied to them about the fact they knew HS2 could not be delivered on time, on budget or on scope, withholding information which would have informed parliament and the public about the true nature of ...
  • Ahead of the Euston Approach hearing 27th April 2020
    The latest update from Hero Granger-Taylor’s judicial review of HS2 Ltd’s design for the Euston Approaches.  You can donate to her CrowdJustice appeal here. Hero writes:  Despite the coronavirus lock-down, the full High Court hearing of my Judicial Review claim now looks very likely to go ahead on the scheduled days, 13-14 May, but remotely (via Zoom or ...
  • Berkswell Society reject HS2 Community Funding 21st April 2020
    The Berkswell Society have written to HS2 Ltd, rejecting an offer of community funding, because they do not want to be assocuiated with the actions of HS2 Ltd’s staff and contractors.   They write:  Dear Mr Viles Thank you for your email offering the Berkswell Society a grant of £1600 to finance a new library in a telephone ...
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