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Some recent news items

BBC: Buckinghamshire elections dominated by high-speed rail

Wherever you turn in Buckinghamshire, whichever road you drive down, there is only one issue which really dominates – high-speed rail.

The roads are lined with posters and banners opposing the rail line, which will carry passengers from London to Birmingham at speeds of up to 250mph (402km/h).

Telegraph: High Speed 2 may be in wrong place: Stagecoach boss

High Speed 2, the £32bn rail link intended to dramatically reduce journey times between London and the Midlands and the north of England, could be in the wrong place, the incoming chief executive of transport group Stagecoach has claimed.

Telegraph: Sunday Interview: Railways are some kind of middle-class thing

Stagecoach’s new chief executive tells Andrew Cave buses generate almost nine-tenths of his company’s profits, but people just want to talk trains .

Kenilworth Weekly News: Construction for HS2 could ‘kill off’ town

Construction for HS2 could ‘kill off’ the town in the latest announcement that all main roads in and out of the town may be cut off for months.

It was this week revealed by HS2 Ltd that all of the major roads could be closed at the same time to accommodate huge engineering works with devastating effects.

Yorkshire Evening Post: HS2 rail chief responds to protests

Alison Munro, from HS2 Ltd, was in Leeds to speak to business leaders at the Buy Yorkshire 2013 conference at the Royal Armouries, in Clarence Dock, but instead found herself having to defend the plans yesterday.

Around 50 protesters, whose homes in south and east Leeds, Altofts and Church Fenton are in the path of the £32bn high speed rail project, gathered outside with ‘Stop HS2’ banners and a giant inflatable white elephant.

About My Area: Andrew Bridgen MP Calls On Residents To Respond to HS2 Consultation

HS2 leaflet for Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation Andrew Bridgen MP is urging North West Leicestershire residents who have not already done so, to respond to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Phase Two of HS2.

North Cheshire News: HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme Consultation Extended

Residents with an interest in how the high-speed rail line HS2 might affect their property or business now have three more weeks to take part in a consultation.

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has announced that the deadline for responses to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for phase two of HS2 has been extended from April 29 to May 20.

York Press: MP’s pledge over HS2 rail link campaign

VILLAGERS living in the path of the proposed new high-speed rail route have met their MP to discuss the plans.

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, attended a meeting Church Fenton parish council with about 50 residents, and heard their concerns over how close to the village the rail link would be. It would be run on a 30-foot high concrete viaduct and four homes would have to be demolished to make way for the construction.

Warrington Worldwide: MP tackles Minister over HS2

WARRINGTON North MP Helen Jones has tackled Transport Minister Simon Burns over the controversial proposed route of the HS2 rail link.

She met the minister in Westminster and made it clear that Warrington favours a different route.

Express and Star: HS2 bill to rise a further £8bn for the trains

More than £8 billion will be added to the bill for HS2, as the cost of trains has not been included in widely publicised figures.

Camden New Journal: As they finally unveil new designs, HS2 chiefs admit they underestimated cost of Euston Station overhaul by £500million

HS2 officials have admitted they scrapped their plan to replace Euston Station after underestimating the cost by £500million – 40 per cent over its original budget.

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