Herald Tribune: As Cost of U.K. Rail Project Grows, So Does Resistance
ALTOFTS, England — A proposed high-speed railroad known as HS2 is Britain’s biggest and most controversial transportation plan, a Continental-style “grand projet” meant to ease crowded trains and congested tracks, reduce automobile traffic and generate economic growth.
Barnsley Chronicle: Councillor urges protest over HS2 plans
A Royston councillor has issued a rallying call to residents to speak out over the prospect of a high-speed rail link going through a local nature reserve.
Coun Tim Cheetham said villagers need to make their voices heard over the proposed route for HS2 — which will cut straight through Rabbit Ings Country Park.
Camden New Journal: Boris Johnson says he will ‘win fight’ over HS2 plan
BORIS Johnson has told the New Journal that he is “totally opposed” to a “half-hearted” HS2 redevelopment of Euston.
The Mayor of London said he was determined to “win” a heavyweight political battle over the proposed scheme that has been radically scaled back after costs rocketed by more than £1billion.
Tamworth Herald: HS2 meeting before consultation begins
MORE than 100 residents in Stonydelph and Hockley with concerns over HS2 attended a meeting hosted by Tamworth Borough Council and town MP Christopher Pincher
Labour List: Time to shunt HS2 into the sidings?
The ill-conceived HS2 project loses more support by the day. As Peter Mandelson and Alistair Darling are now arguing, this is one infrastructure scheme that really deserves to hit the buffers.
As I wrote last year, the economic case for HS2, always rather weak, gets worse by the week. The cost of this already expensive project has been revealed to have gone up by £10 billion to £42 billion. And this excludes the actual trains to run on the line, which would add another £7 billion.
Camden Council has called for a review of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail budget after a report found that an inadequate amount of money has been set aside to compensate Camden residents and business owners who will be forced to relocate.
The £400 million compensation fund for Camden included in the budget for HS2, the railway project to link London Euston with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, is not enough, according to a report carried out by a team of consultants.
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The recent safeguarding of the proposed route of HS2 by the Department for Transport protects it from any conflicting development.
It also triggers the statutory rights of property owners within 60 metres of the route to serve a Blight Notice on HS2 Limited, the government-owned body charged with the overseeing the construction of the railway. This allows property owners to request that the government purchase their property at market value, under the terms of the Compensation Code.
Scunthorpe Telegraph: Invest in HS2 or rural transport?
…By contrast, only five per cent of our population travels by train. Even fewer have the pressing need to travel from Birmingham to London in 20 minutes less than it already takes. For the most highflying of executives, modern technology keeps them in touch with the centre of their universe, regardless of where they happen to be in person. The widespread availability of mobile telephones, laptops, tablets (computer ones, that is), e-mail, the internet, teleconferencing and video-conferencing means that multi-billion-pound companies can be controlled from a beach in Barbados if the super-exec chooses.