Financial Times: HS2 chiefs hit out at opponents
The head of the proposed £32.7bn high-speed rail project linking London to the north of England has hit out at opponents questioning its economic case, accusing them of skewing the debate by relying on data designed to assess “a little roundabout scheme”.
Critics have had plenty of ammunition to attack the controversial plan, known as High Speed 2, citing the government’s own value-for-money assessment of the first phase between London and Birmingham as proof that the project should be dropped.
Uxbridge Gazette: HS2 are listening in Harefield
IF YOU stumble across this rather scientific-looking equipment (pictured) in Harefield this week, you might wonder exactly what it is and who put it there. The answer is none other than HS2 Ltd….
“I’ve had to find out for myself what it is, who put it there and what exactly they are recording.
“Residents had asked to be involved so that we could provide useful local knowledge on the suitability of sites selected for testing and provide contextual information to help them interpret the measurements they get.”
Birmingham Post: Judicial review of HS2 high speed rail given go-ahead
A JUDICIAL review into the controversial HS2 high speed rail line through Warwickshire has been given the go-ahead.
The High Court agreed that all five cases by action groups and local authorities – including Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council – should be heard.
The decision will see transport secretary Justine Greening called in December to explain errors in the public consultation which saw more than 400 responses mislaid.
Local Gov.co.uk Legal challenge set for HS2 plans
The timetable has been set for the legal challenges launched against ministers’ plans for a High Speed rail link (HS2) between London and Birmingham.
All five cases against HS2 – including one launched by a coalition of councils, dubbed 51m – will be heard together over a seven-day period in the High Court of Justice.
The hearing at the Queen’s Bench Division in the Administrative Court will commence on December 3.
Buckinghamshire County Council leader, Martin Tett, who chairs the alliance of 15 councils, said: ‘The decision is good not just for the people we represent in 15 local authority areas but for hard pressed taxpayers across the entire country.
Have David Cameron and Nick Clegg put the Coalition back on track with their announcement of a £9billion investment in Britain’s railways?
Well, they could have done, if they hadn’t also committed to spend three times that amount on another rail project called High Speed 2….
They could have improved the rail network for everyone– not just wealthy business people and rich tourists – if they hadn’t, for political reasons, decided to squander £22-32billion on a grand project called HS2, to link London and Birmingham with a train service just twenty minutes faster than the one we have now, with ticket costs to use that service anticipated to be £80-£100 a time.
Views of the World: High Speed 2: Connecting people
While a high speed rail network requires space for the fastest legs of the journey – usually to be found in the countryside – the shorter parts of the line are not without problems either: As the line connects the most populous areas of the countries, it has to go through some densely populated areas as well, which are less visible on the overview maps of the project. The following map therefore takes advantage of the fisheye perspective of a gridded cartogram that shows the proposed HS2 (phase 1) route plotted on an equal population projection map.