A round up of HS2 news items

Here’s some of the coverage in the media of HS2 from the last couple of weeks:

Guardian: Will the High Speed 2 rail line reduce emissions?

“…Back in July, as part of the consultation process, the Institution of Engineering and Technology said that it had “uncovered a number of flaws in the proposals, some of which question the claim that HS2, as proposed, will reduce carbon emissions…For example, not considering the effects of aerodynamic drag from environmental mitigation measures such as tunnels, which could lead to an increase in carbon emissions.”…”

BBC Can the north afford the new High Speed 2 rail link?

“A war of words has broken out over the cost of the proposed new high speed rail link between London and the north of England.

Critics of the High Speed 2 project say the estimated total cost of £32bn is too high, considering many areas will not benefit directly from the service….”

Camden New Journal: High-speed rail warning. Frank Dobson tells House of Commons: ‘Euston can’t cope with HS2’

EUSTON railway station is overcrowded and lacks the infrastructure in surrounding streets to be the terminus for a high-speed rail link, Frank Dobson warned the House of Commons this week.

Bucks Free Press: MPs hit out in HS2 in debate

AN MP from one of the cities set to gain from a new high speed rail link spoke out against the impact it would have on Bucks when it was discussed in Parliament for the first time.

Roger Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said the planned HS2 scheme would be “a disaster” and had “not been thought through” during a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday.


Guardian: The bizarre methodology of Philip Hammond’s transport economics

From HS2 to motorway speed limits, the former transport secretary’s pursuit of the ‘business case’ was breathless. by Christian Wolmar

2 comments to “A round up of HS2 news items”
  1. “Not once have we heard Joe Rukin (Chair of StopHS2) or any other members of StopHS2 talk about mitigation or limiting the impact of the line on local residents should HS2 go ahead.”


    YestoHS2 clearly cant understand the word stop.

    Its pretty obvious that there is a direct inverse relationship between how much is known about this project and how much support you have for it.

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