Some recent news items

Camden New Journal: Exclusive: Boris Johnson asks government to build HS2 link tunnel under

MAYOR of London Boris Johnson will call for a giant tunnel to be built under Camden to replace the abandoned HS1/HS2 link line as part of a formal objection to High Speed 2 next month.

In a letter to Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin obtained by the New Journal, the London Mayor adopts a new, more combative and oppositionist tone on the £50billion project.

Get West London: Campaigners ramp-up calls for people to petition for HS2 mitigation – getwestlondon

People will have less than a month to ask parliament for relief from HS2 after the Hybrid Bill’s second reading . Campaigners say if the bill passes the House of Commons on April 28, businesses, residents associations, schools, councillors and …

Get Bucks: Council slammed after vote to petition against HS2 fails – Get Bucks

The council missed out on the majority of the 10 votes needed to petition HS2 against the Hybrid Bill on Monday after nine Conservative and independent councillors voted in favour and seven Lib Dems voted against. Bucks County Council estimated it …

Coleshill Post: Water Orton Parish Council HS2 Meeting

Water Orton Parish Council gives notice of a meeting, as required under Section 239 of the Local Government Act 1972, to be held on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 7.30 pm. to take into consideration and determine upon the expediency of opposing in Parliament the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill deposited in the Session 2013 -14 and also for the purpose (if deemed expedient to oppose such Bill) of passing such resolutions as may be necessary or expedient in connection with the opposition to such Bill.

Get Bucks: Anti-HS2 sentiment will be on full display in Denham march

For the third consecutive year, the Denham Against HS2 group is organising a march around the Colne Valley Park to demonstrate the impact the line will have on the area…. This year, the walk will go ahead on Sunday, May 11, and people will have the chance of taking part in a either a five mile or two mile trek.

The Guardian: HS2 risks putting costs before countryside, MPs warn – The Guardian

Areas of irreplaceable natural value along the route of the HS2 rail project, including ancient woodlands that are the home to rare bats and butterflies, are at risk of being subordinated to “crude economic calculations”, according to a report by MPs …

Get West London: MPs call for slower trains and say HS2 puts countryside at risk 

Better safeguards are needed to protect areas of ancient woodland along the HS2 track, according to a report by MPs. The report also warns that the high-speed trains must run slower than the planned 225mph to cut carbon emissions and ensure the £50bn …

Tamworth Herald: Tamworth MP will vote against HS2 legislation

TAMWORTH’S MP has stated that he will vote against legislation for the high speed railway project HS2 when it is debated in the House of Commons at the end of this month. Christopher Pincher said he wanted to “make clear” his position and said he would …

Express: HS2 could have to slow its rail speed – in a bid to save bats and plants

THE Government’s flagship HS2 rail scheme has taken a renewed battering after it emerged that top speeds on the London to Birmingham line could be limited to 185mph – in a bid to protect bats and rare plants.  

Thame Today: Labour voice fresh doubts over HS2 – Thame Today

There is fresh doubt over Labour’s commitment to HS2 after the Shadow Transport Secretary questioned whether the project is ‘the right way’ to spend billions of pounds of public funds. Mary Creagh said HS2 is still in its ‘very early days’ and refused …

Banbury Guardian: HS2 construction work to bring misery for motorists – Banbury Guardian

HS2 construction work to bring misery for motorists. The most recent environmental statement produced by HS2 Limited for the first phase of the project, starting in 2017, highlights ‘major adverse effects’ on the M40 slip roads, the A422 Hennef Way, the A361 Williamscot Hill junction and the Hennef Way …

Express and Star: Centro to petition against HS2 plans – expressandstar.com

It is also calling for the Government to commit to having a fully segregated tunnel linking HS1 to HS2 to enable direct services from Birmingham to Europe without having to change between Euston and St Pancras. The project is due to receive its second …

The Spectator: People’s front against HS2 to unite

Watch out for an increase in hostilities from anti-HS2 campaigners in the next few weeks. One of the more concerted backbench campaigners against the new route is planning to strengthen the cause by bringing together all the groups that are against HS2 under one umbrella.

Prout de Jure: ICO TO APPEAL HS2 VETO

It has been reported that the Information Commissioner is to make an application for Judicial Review of the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to issue acertificate under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the FOIA’) in respect of the Commissioner’s decision that the project assessment report pertaining to the HS2 project should be released under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the EIRs’).

Express and Star: Legal battle over veto on HS2 report

A veto blocking the release of a damning HS2 report is being legally challenged, it was today revealed.

The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham says that a report from the Major Projects Authority should be made public.

Daily Mail: DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Ministers’ outrageous secrecy over HS2

What can be so damning in the Government’s own cost-benefit analysis of the planned HS2 high-speed rail link that ministers would go to such extraordinary lengths to suppress it?

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