Not surprisingly, since the announcement of Phase 2 of HS2, there has been a huge amount of press coverage. With the new Phase 2 route, numerous local media outlets north of Birmingham have been looking at what HS2 means for their area: here is just a small selection of the articles published recently.
York-based rail expert Jonathan Tyler argues that the £35 billion rail plan is a political vanity project which will deliver few improvements and cause untold damage
Burton Mail: HS2 levelled with further criticism
ENVIRONMENTAL and residents’ groups are among those to have joined the list of critics of the proposed HS2 high-speed rail project.
Tracks carrying 225mph trains will come within 10 miles of Burton if the proposed routes are adopted.
Yorkshire Evening Post: Leeds community in path of HS2 rail path launches fightback
A COMMUNITY in the path of the proposed HS2 rail link to Leeds has launched a fight back.
More than 50 residents packed a hastily organised meeting at the Two Pointers pub, in Woodlesford, after reading the proposed route of the high speed railway line between Leeds and London will see an up to 14m high viaduct pass by their houses.
Warrington Guardian: ‘Strong’ turnout for HS2 meeting in Glazebrook (From )
RESIDENTS in Glazebrook turned out in force to voice their opinions on the HS2 plans at the village’s action group on Monday.
The action group has previously fought off plans to build a motorway through the village more than 20 years ago which would have linked the M6 to the M62.
EXPERTS have cast doubt on the Prime Minister’s prediction that a new rail line will boost Bolton business.
The Government announced plans last week to extend the proposed London to Birmingham HS2 train line as far as Manchester by 2032 to cut journey times.
But transport experts claim there is little evidence that the North will benefit and say the cash could be spent on other projects.
Banbury Guardian: Zero valuation on HS2 property an ‘admin’ error
The Woolwich building society has said a ‘zero’ valuation of a village property in the shadow of the proposed HS2 line was an ‘administrative’ error.
It was reported last week that blind, 97-year-old Elfrida Harper-Tarr had her home in Turweston on the market for £275,000 but a potential buyer failed to get a mortgage after The Woolwich valued the property at £0.00.
Knutsford Guardian: Stud owners ‘numb’ over ‘HS2 nightmare’
THE proprietors of an award-winning stud on the outskirts of Knutsford have said they are in ‘limbo’ after the announcement of the proposed £33 billion HS2 rail line.
Pickmere Stud owners Pat Mather and John Keleher were left devastated when news broke last Monday that the proposed route of the HS2 high speed rail link would take it directly through their business.
Narrowboat World: HS2 affects Chesterfield restoration
THE new high speed rail line between Birmingham and Leeds will greatly affect the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal, intersecting it in five places.
This is Leicestershire:HS2 threat to Measham village plan in Leicestershire
Bernard Wilson, from the Measham Land Company consortium, said: “It goes through part of the site and the nearby Westminster industrial estate.
“If it were to go ahead, it would render the development un-doable.
“It is a body blow as these plans have been in the making for some 15 years and would be great for Measham.”
This is Tamworth: ‘HS2 a monster intrusion into our landscape and our lives’
ENVIRONMENTAL watchdogs have savaged ambitious high-speed rail plans as a “monster intrusion into our landscape and our lives”.
Coventry Telegraph: HS2 rail project will cut through green belt between Coventry and Kenilworth
THE narrow strip of green belt that separates Coventry and Kenilworth is to be dug up during the construction of HS2.
Latest plans seen by the Telegraph show a swathe of land the size of 50 football pitches being claimed by the £32billion rail project – which will see the green barrier virtually disappear at its narrowest point.