Some recent news stories

BBC HS2: a long way to go for affected Ealing residents

But others still face their homes being demolished. And most of the 338 homes that will be knocked down are in the capital.

In Ealing, residents say they’re being ignored by the government and don’t know what’s going to happen to their homes.

Camden New Journal London Overground commuters told to ‘make way for HS2′

Plans seen by the New Journal show High Speed Rail 2 engineers want to use the existing North London line – known as the Overground – to bring trains from a tunnel in Primrose Hill across Camden.

This would then link up with the High Speed Rail 1 Channel Tunnel route to Europe.

It would mean travellers on fast trains from the Midlands could reach Paris and Brussels without having to leave their seats.

But this part of the project has been attacked by opponents as being vague, without anybody being told what kind of disruption it will mean for people who use stations such as Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town West and Camden Road.

A HS2 spokesman confirmed that it hoped to use the North London line for high-speed trains, which would mean major engineering work.

Bucks Advertiser Campaigner to fight HS2 ‘through the power of music’

AN ANTI-HS2 campaigner who is taking his fight to the government through the power of music has vowed to carry on his protest after raising more than £1,300 for the judicial review.

Campaigners need to raise £200,000 for a legal challenge against the £33billion London to Birmingham route and last month David Meacock staged a classical concert at St Mary’s Church in Amersham to do his bit.

The pianist performed a host of classic works from Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy at the concert which was attended by 140 people on February 25.

Ealing Gazette North-south water pipe plans alongside HS2 tracks

MP Steve Pound has lashed out at plans to construct a pipe alongside the proposed HS2 rail line to supply water from northern England to the parched South.

Water giant United Utilities, based in Cheshire, said the high speed rail link will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to tackle water shortages in southern England.

The Journal, North East News Pumping North East water to South will hurt economy

A PLAN to pump the North’s water to the South to combat shortages would harm the region’s economy, business groups have warned.

Businessmen said the billion-pound scheme would only encourage even more firms to create jobs in the South.

The proposals would see a water pipe built alongside the new HS2 rail network, running from London to Birmingham initially. Leeds and Manchester could be connected later.

Liverpool Daily Post: Liverpool could lose out to Manchester under high-speed rail plans – 23rd Feb 2012

MORE worrying evidence that Liverpool will lose out badly to Manchester in the Government’s controversial high-speed rail (HS2) plans can be revealed today.

Manchester will enjoy twice as many hourly trains – and four times as many seats – when the £32bn project reaches the North West, official documents showed.

Incredibly, Liverpool passengers are likely to be left with fewer peak-time seats than before the 250mph line is put in – even though tackling overcrowding is one of the key arguments put forward for the investment.

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