The head of the body representing Britain’s rail freight industry has dismissed ministers’ claims that HS2 will free capacity on the railways, warning that it will in fact lead to a “capacity crunch” on parts of the system.
The government’s plan for a high-speed railway connecting London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds is beset by spiralling costs, a lack of expertise and unrealistic delivery timetables, a parliamentary report has concluded.
The public accounts committee (PAC) says the Department for Transport has “not yet presented a convincing case” for building the £50bn HS2 project, which will take 20 years to complete in two phases.
Work in High Tech industries is not as concentrated on London as in other sectors. High rents can force new companies out of the capital and more and more IT companies of all sizes have been migrating to the North West where Manchester is rapidly developing itself as the UK’s high-tech hub.
“Such a density of global companies fosters a burgeoning digital sector and the North West boasts the second-largest ‘digital cluster’ in Europe and is probably the fastest growing industry sector in the UK,” added Fletcher.
…According to Mr Doe, passengers north of London could face a similar fate with higher fare rises if they are deemed to be beneficiaries of HS2.
“The Government says there will be no premium pricing for HS2.
“If that is the case, they should remove it for HS1 or be honest and
admit there will be a premium for HS2.
Up to 100 campaigners in Staffordshire held a 10-mile march to protest against the proposed HS2 rail route.
The march covered the proposed route of the high-speed rail line.
Rocketing cost of HS2 causing increasing concern, as a cross-party group of MPs questions whether it will provide value for money
The Scotsman: No value in HS2
The high speed rail line HS2 is a classic London idea “to help the North”, but will typically cost a fortune and end up benefiting the South.
I totally reject spending up to £70,000 million on a railway that will take 25 years to reach Leeds (what we call the Midlands!) with no plans to reach Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Bucks Free Press: HS2 tunnel spoil to be dumped in Chilterns AONB – Bucks Free Press
HS2 tunnel spoil to be dumped in Chilterns AONBBucks Free PressUP to 800,000 cubic metres of earth is set to be dumped in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as a result of building work on HS2, it emerged this week. The spoil will be a byproduct of tunnelling work to minimise the visual impact of the …
A senior minister warned today that the proposed £42.6bn HS2 high-speed rail line could damage irreplaceable ancient woodland.
David Heath, the minister for agriculture, said other environmental impacts along the planned route linking London to cities in the Midlands and northern England could be mitigated, but “you can’t grow old trees”.
Opponents of the controversial proposed high-speed rail project say they might form a political party to fight in the next general election.
The move will spark alarm among MPs with marginal seats in the home counties where opposition to the £43billion HS2 link between London and the North has been fiercest.