Some Recent News Items

51M: HS2 the vision that keeps on giving…another day, another billion

It’s been the usual high-speed hype for HS2. First, we had a £1.3bn boost for Birmingham, followed days later by the prospect of Scotland receiving its own £3bn economic bonanza.

Daily Mail: OSBORNE HS3 COMMITMENT QUESTIONED

…Labour questioned if the Government had made a commitment to build HS3 or whether Tatton MP Mr Osborne used a visit to a Manchester museum to make an announcement close to the general election to bolster support in Tory-held constituencies.

Warrington Guardian: Helen Jones steps down from Labour front bench

Warrington North MP has decided to step down from her role on the shadow front bench.

She told leader Ed Miliband earlier this month, but the decision was announced today, Tuesday.

Express and Star: Taxpayers will have to pick up the tab to pay for huge regeneration schemes based on HS2, campaigners today claimed.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin wants local plans set up by councils and business leaders to boost economies off the back of new HS2 stations.

But campaigners against the £50 billion scheme today said the government has failed to allocate any new funding to local authorities for this.

IET: Government’s commitment to HS3 questioned

The Government’s commitment to a proposed HS3 high-speed rail link spanning the north of England has been questioned in the Lords.

Camden New Journal: ‘HS2 is not a certainty’: Work begins on new housing block in middle of demolition zone

A NEW housing and office block is being built right in the middle of the HS2 demolition zone.

Granby House, in Granby Terrace, was given planning permission in 2008 – before the £50billion railway plan was announced.

Neighbours on the Regent’s Park Estate have described the building work as “curious” because they are being told that the neighbouring blocks will soon be torn down.

Yorkshire Post: Fault lines in HS3 blueprint

THERE ARE already many business leaders who contend that improvements to trans-Pennine transport between Leeds and Manchester are as important to the North’s economy as the HS2 high-speed railway from London to Yorkshire.

Warrington Guardian: Almost 1,500 Warrington homes could be affected by HS2

A TOTAL estimated 1,452 houses could be affected in Warrington by the proposed HS2 route, according to latest figures.

Banbury Sound: HS2: ‘All voters in Britain should have a say’

Campaigners want every voter in Britain to be given a say on plans for a high speed railway through our area.

The Stop HS2 group are backing an MP’s calls for a referendum on the multi billion pound project.

Buckingham Today: People power wins out over HS2 campaign groups’ right to speak

Petitioners will now have the right to speak out against the HS2 Hybrid Bill, after the government’s solicitors argued that they should not be heard.

Coleshill Post: A guarded welcome for visit by HS2 Committee

The Committee of MPs considering David Cameron’s Bill to build HS2 visited North Warwickshire last Tuesday. They went to Water Orton village and to some of the villages that will be directly affected, including the village of Gilson, which will be devastated.

At least the MPs will have had sight of the area the project will damage. That’s a positive. Not that I expected the visit to have had much effect on the outcome. The government whips will have packed this committee with loyalists who will vote for HS2 no matter what happens. These guys were never going to look at the impact of HS2 in a nonbiased way. They are biased in favour of HS2. It would be naïve to think otherwise.

Bolton News: Leigh MP labels planned HS2 depot as ‘industrial monstrosity’

A HS2 depot has been labelled a ‘monstrosity’ by Leigh MP Andy Burnham….When Mr Burnham asked residents on HS2 earlier this year, there was strong opposition to the plan, including from people who support HS2.

cedrec: Wildlife Trusts “disappointed” with HS2 report

The Wildlife Trusts have responded to the Government’s reaction to a report by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on the hotly debated HS2 rail project….

He continues, “It’s a real shame that the Government considers ‘no net biodiversity loss’ to be ‘appropriate.’ Proclaimed by Government as a visionary project, it should be visionary at every level. Government could and should be ensuring that HS2 is a pioneering example of minimum damage and maximum repair for nature”.

iConvey: iConvey: How does HS2 Affect You?

The proposed route of the two phases of HS2 are as follows: Phase One: – London – through the Chilterns, Warwickshire to Birmingham, South Northamptonshire and Central Birmingham. Phase Two: Brimingham to the existing West Coast line north of Lichfield to Manchester and Leed, passing through Stafford, Crewe and Warrington. Manchester will be served by a spur off the main line which will run parallel with the M56.

Get Bucks: Tributes paid to ‘much loved’ anti-HS2 campaigner

Shirley Judges, of the Great Missenden Stop HS2 group and of the village’s parish council, died on Wednesday, July 9 following an illness.

 

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