Local events and some recent news items

Bucks Advertiser: (Denham) Walk the HS2 affected area

PEOPLE will get a chance to see exactly how HS2 will affect the area they live in by taking part in a protest walk.

The Denham Against HS2 action group is hosting a walk on Sunday, April 14 from Denham Grove Hotel, in Tilehouse Lane, which will take in some of the area which will be hit if the controversial rail line is built.

Staffs against HS2: Canal Walk and Update Meeting – Great Haywood

We are hoping to set up a HS2 Route walk in the summer but we need the permission of the land owners first. So to allow people to get behind the local Stop HS2 project we plan an open day between 11.00am and 3.30pm on Saturday April 27th 2013.

For those who fancy a walk through the countryside first we plan to gather at the overflow carpark at Wolsey Bridge, then follow the route above along the canals to Great Haywood Memorial Hall.

Tyburn Mail: High Speed Rail HS2 consultation in Castle Vale

Officers from HS2 (High Speed Rail Link from London to the north) will be at a drop-in surgery next Thursday 18th April.

Camden New Journal: New ‘cheapskate’ HS2 Euston Station: years of disruption, but what benefits?

A RADICALLY scaled-back version of the HS2 railway station planned for Euston was presented to councillors in a “private meeting” at the Town Hall last night (Wednesday).

David Lidington MP: A Letter from Secretary of State for Transport

I recently wrote to Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, concerning the potential tunnelling of HS2 in The Chilterns. Specifically, I enquired why no safety inspection had been undertaken to determine if an evacuation facility was required for a tunnel of greater than 20km under The Chilterns. I have now received a reply which I have enclosed below.

Bucks Free Press:Prime Minister assures council tunnel option will be part of HS2 consultation

THE Prime Minister has assured a council leader that a tunnel alternative will be included in an HS2 environmental impact consultation.

David Cameron confirmed the Chiltern Ridges Action Group’s (CRAG) suggestion for an underground tunnel through the Chilterns would be included in HS2 Ltd’s Environmental Impact Assessment consultation.

Northwich Guardian: ‘People power can halt high-speed rail’

RURAL communities in Northwich are continuing their fight against a new high speed rail link for the UK.

The proposed route of Phase Two of the £32billion High Speed Two (HS2) line was revealed in January, with the Birmingham to Manchester leg running through Whatcroft, Lach Dennis, Lostock Green, Lostock Gralam and Pickmere.

Concerned parish councils have made HS2 one of their top priorities since the announcement, with recent meetings focusing heavily on the issue.

Guardian: High-speed rail opponents ‘portrayed as posh nimbys’ by peer’s lobbying firm

Lord Bethell’s company at centre of row over use of class divide scare tactics to promote case for route

A lobbying firm employed by the government to promote the case for the High Speed 2 railway line is at the centre of a row after its founder, a Tory-supporting peer, was accused of painting opponents of the scheme as posh “nimbys” worried about their hunting rights.

We Are Barnsley: Little-Known Hamlet Threatened By High Speed Rail Plan

RESIDENTS of a little-known hamlet off Wombwell Lane believe the historic settlement is threatened by the government’s high speed rail plan.

Independent: Fees for consultants on £33bn rail link ‘higher than forecast’

Fees for consultants working on the much-criticised plans for the £33bn High Speed Two rail link from London to Scotland are “higher than forecast”, according to the project board’s latest published minutes.

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