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  • HS2 Phase 2b Environmental Statement Consultation 1st March 2022
    Currently, HS2 Ltd are conducting an consultation on their Environmental Statement concerning phase 2b of their proposed scheme between Crewe and Manchester.  The consultation ends on 31st of March Consultation and a document highlighting common issues produced by Stop HS2 North can be found here. While many people in communities impacted by HS2 south of ...
  • Transport Select Committee Oral Evidence Session 1st February 2022
    The Transport Select Committee will be holding an oral evidence session on Wednesday 2nd February, starting at 9.30, with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester. This will be followed at 10.30 by a session with theChief Executive of Transport for the North, Mr Martin Tugwell and former Transport Secretary, Lord Patrick McLoughlin, now Chair of Transport for ...
  • What we told the TSC about the Integrated Rail Plan 1st February 2022
    The Transport Select Committee has now published the written evidence submitted to their inquiry on the Integrated Rail Plan. Here is what we told them (you can see it on their website here): Stop HS2 is the national campaign group against HS2. The IRP exists for two reasons: to provide political cover for the cancellation of ...
  • Stop HS2 Press Comment: “HS2 is a hugely expensive, environmentally damaging white elephant” 24th January 2022
    Stop HS2 react to the news that the Government are laying the HS2 Phase 2 Crewe to Manchester bill to Parliament. Penny Gaines, chair of Stop Hs2 said, “This latest announcement is full of the same nonsensical spin we’ve heard from the government all along. “Claims about biodiversity on Phase 2 in the future should be seen in ...
  • #HS2CostingTheEarth – Day of Action, today 24th January 2022
    💥 Monday 24th January NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST 📌 Northern England @ 12 noon Assemble in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester https://goo.gl/maps/4ZMy5AiVRD3yfcMZ6 📌 Central England @ 12 noon Assemble outside the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum https://goo.gl/maps/EAz7KrBFaYa7eMNQ6 📌 Southern England @ evening A public meeting is being held for local residents in Great Missenden, Bucks, to provide information on how HS2 works are about to impact the ...
  • TSC inquiry on Integrated Rail Plan 10th January 2022
    The Transport Select Committee are currently holding an inquiry into the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) and are currently asking for evidence to be submitted by 24th January. Their webpage says The Committee is interested in the implications of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) for the economy and rail capacity and connectivity. We are particularly interested in receiving ...
  • Merry Christmas to all our supporters 25th December 2021
    Merry Christmas to all our supporters
  • Tony Berkeley’s speech on the Integrated Rail Plan 20th December 2021
    On 16th December 2021, Tony Berkeley initiated a debate in the House of Lords on the Integrated Rail Plan: here is his speech. (Hansard here.) Lord Berkeley My Lords, I am pleased that we can have a quick debate about the integrated rail plan this afternoon. My question relates to the capacity and regional capability contained in ...
  • STOP HS2 Respond to expected partial cancellation of HS2 17th November 2021
    On Thursday 18th November, it is widely expected that part of the Eastern Leg of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds will be cancelled along with HS3, part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposal. Instead, it is expected that money will be invested upgrading of existing lines, reopening of old ones and some electrification projects, though ...
  • Rumours and Speculation about HS2 15th November 2021
    For months there have been rumours of the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan.  Just like HS2 itself this has been postponed and delayed this year from ‘before the end of Spring’.  The current rumours are saying ‘Thursday’ so there is a lot of press speculation at the moment. No government flunkeys have whispered in Stop ...
  • Swampy and Satchel Released from Wendover Tunnel 13th November 2021
    From Wendover Active Resistance: The two remaining tunnellers of W.A.R. have finally come up for air after 28 days in their underground stronghold. Neither arrested, both happy and well. After 35 days (28 in the tunnel) holding out against the National Eviction Team (NET), HS2’s favourite lawless thugs, the eviction of the protest camp is done. The camp, set ...
  • “…entire country either travelling on HS rail…” 18th October 2021
    We’ve been meaning to post an article about what newspapers say Dominic Cummings said about HS2 on his £10-a-month-to-subscribe blog. Luckily, the particular post in question – Systems politics, systems management– is currently free to read.  So here is what Cummings said: …Few public or private organisations (including No10 before we set up the A.P.O) now do the ...
  • From the PAC report – “No clear end in sight” 24th September 2021
    On Wednesday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published their latest report into HS2. PAC HS2 Summer 2021 report Read the PAC statement Read the full report (HTML) Read the full report (PDF) Read the report summary Find all publications related to this inquiry, including oral and written evidence Here are some of the points they raised in the report. 1 Progress with Phase ...
  • “No clear end in sight” to HS2 cost says PAC report 22nd September 2021
    Earlier today (Wednesday), the Public Accounts Committee of MPs issuedtheir latest report into HS2, ‘HS2 Summer 2021’. Reacting to the report, Penny Gaines, Chair of Stop HS2 said, “It’s over a decade since HS2 was first announced, and in that time we’ve seen costs triple, and the completion date pushed further and further into the future. The ...
  • HS2 debate at 6pm today in Parliament 13th September 2021
    The HS2 Westminster Hall debate is at 6pm today (Monday) and we’ll be tweeting about it as @stophs2 and @penny_gaines. You’ll be able to watch it live on the Parliament TV website here, and it should also be available later.
  • The 2019 Westminster Hall debate on HS2 13th September 2021
    While there has been a lot of hype and build up to the Westminster Hall debate due to take place on HS2 on the 13th of September 2021 at around 6pm, maybe there should have been a bit more honesty as to what a Westminster Hall debate actually is. Westminster Hall – or the debating ...
  • Emergency! 9-9-9 National Action Day 7th September 2021
    HS2 Rebellion supporters are organising a national Day of Action on Thursday 9th September. For latest details see their website here. Join us from 9am to 5pm on 9th September 2021 at various locations along the HS2 route of destruction for events, actions and gatherings to help #stopHS2. The day of action will be a great introduction to the ...
  • Is the Eastern leg of HS2 for the chop? 4th September 2021
    Just recently, there have been a number of news items suggesting that the Eastern leg of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds might be scrapped – see here, here and here for example. The government have asked HS2 Ltd to “pause” work on the Eastern leg, but will it be cancelled, or will it be unpaused? Listening to ...
  • Cook’s left with no replacement for HS2 Chair 12th August 2021
    When Allen Cook announced his resignation as HS2 Chair in February 2021, you’d have thought finding a replacement for a project which will cost over £100 billion would be a high priority for the Department for Transport. But earlier this week, the New Civil Engineer wrote that there was still no replacement for Cook who left the ...
  • HS2 debate in Parliament 13th September 28th July 2021
    In response to the petition  “Stop work on HS2 immediately and hold a new vote to repeal the legislation“, a debate on HS2 has been scheduled for Monday 13th September in the Houses of Parliament. If you signed the petition (thank you to the many thousands of people who did), you should have got an email ...
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