News items about HS2

The Star: High speed rail route announcement through South Yorkshire delayed

THE long-awaited announcement on the proposed high speed rail route through South Yorkshire has been delayed – as Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield criticised plans to locate the city’s station at Meadowhall.

The Department for Transport said plans for the network north of Birmingham will not be published until the New Year.

Details were meant to be made public last week.

Lichfield People: Continued uncertainty over HS2 route for those north of Lichfield

HOMEOWNERS north of the tail end of the published HS2 route will have to hang on even longer to find out if high-speed rail plans will affect them.

Half the route is still cloaked in secrecy – despite the Government’s consultation on the viability of the entire project having already gone ahead.

Tyburn Mail: HS2 meeting: many concerns, few answers
and letter about the meeting

I attended the HS2 ‘public’ meeting at Spitfire House, on Castle Vale, on Thursday and I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with the HS2 representatives, the way in which they conducted the meeting and the dismissive way in which they dealt with some questions from concerned Castle Vale residents who braved the cold winter evening to attend the meeting, in order to find out what was happening.

Uxbridge Gazette: HS2 described as ‘Alice in Wonderland’

CLAIMS made in the judicial review that HS2 was still ‘just a policy’ have led one Harefield campaigner to compare the experience of villagers to that of Alice in Wonderland.

Evening Standard: Back to work for Howell, 76

Lord Howell of Guildford, George Osborne’s father-in-law, has wasted no time since stepping down as a Foreign Office minister in September.

I gather the 76-year-old has been cleared by Whitehall to become a senior adviser to the Japan Central Railway Company.

Daily Telegraph: West Coast Rail fiasco bill could grow, admits DfT

Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary at the DfT, admitted to the extra costs as he revealed he was taking “disciplinary action” against “a number” of individuals involved in the botched franchise competition.

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