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Parish council near Stafford to get £350,000 for dropping HS2 petition HS2 bosses are set to hand over £350,000 to a parish council in Staffordshire after an agreement was reached, it can be revealed.

HS2 JV reveals how it fast-tracked Birmingham design Mott MacDonald and Systra are developing the scheme for the area which covers 70km around Birmingham and involves 320 primary assets such as viaducts and 550 sub-assets such as drainage systems. The design work includes 48 viaducts, 68 overbridges, 27 underbridges, 31 culverts, 74 embankments, 40 cuttings, three tunnels, and 14 retaining walls.

Call for unity over HS2 as MP Philip Davies urges Government to scrap 'white elephant' scheme Tory MP Philip Davies has urged the Government to scrap HS2 as business leaders called for all sides to come together and “focus on the bigger picture”.

City Council to sell 60 acres of lakes which have been safeguarded for HS2 A Nottingham City Council spokesman said: "Trent Farm in Long Eaton has previously been leased for mineral extraction, which delivered an income for the council. "This operation has now come to an end and the authority has no alternative use or requirement for this site.

HS2 brings in standardised pre-quals for civils jobs The new common assessment standard will ensure that bidders looking for work with HS2's four main civils contractors will go through identical pre-qualification processes.

Anger over calls for Bucks HS2 station Aylesbury's MP Sir David Lidington suggested the idea, if the project still goes ahead, for a station where East West Rail would cross HS2. But Linda Knights, who lives in Steeple Claydon, says that's not what villagers want at all:.

Ex-HS2 operations boss named as new Atkins UK chief executive Robinson became second in command at HS2 in September 2018, but just 12 months later the under siege project confirmed the former Aecom chief executive for civil engineering was leaving for a job in the private sector.

HS2 contractors aim to streamline procurement with standardised pre-qualification system Four of HS2 Ltd's biggest contractors will introduce a standardized pre-qualification system for subcontractors in a bid to streamline the process, reduce costs and boost productivity.

Protesters stop HS2 from felling trees in Great Missenden HS2 contractors are yet to turn up, even though they were supposed to start clearing trees in the area. Seb Berry was one of the campaigners down there this morning and used to be the Independent District councillor for the village:. Seb added that they had lots of support from vehicles driving through the village this morning.

HS2 rail tunnel through Chilterns is risk to rare chalk streams The HS2 rail project is struggling to find the water supply it needs to tunnel through the Chilterns as conservationists worry that the project could harm ecologically vulnerable chalk streams.

HS2's breakthrough tunnel design Take a look at the latest images of the trains proposed for HS2. They too have to travel very fast - just as fast as, if not faster than, their Japanese counterparts. The HS2 trains also have panache, but their noses are far more 'Audrey Hepburn' in comparison.

Business and political leaders in Leeds call on Government to deliver HS2 Leeds political and business leaders have asked Government to deliver HS2 and NPR together and in full.

HS2 is 'out of control' and firm is 'unwieldy', Andrea Leadsom says High Speed 2 is "out of control" and the government-owned firm building it is "unwieldy" and appears determined to "frustrate" compensation claims by homeowners, Andrea Leadsom has warned.

How landowners will be affected if HS2 is abandoned Farmers could have the opportunity to buy back land taken under compulsory purchase powers if the controversial high-speed railway project HS2 is abandoned. In August the UK government launched a review of HS2 which is due to report back this autumn and which could see the multibillion-pound development scheme scrapped.

Sadiq Khan says HS2 must end at Euston not Old Oak Common The HS2 high-speed rail link must not terminate in west London, the Mayor has said. Sadiq Khan said ending HS2 outside the centre would put huge pressure on the new Elizabeth line and "fundamentally undermine" it. Under current plans, HS2 will run underground from Euston to a new station at Old Oak Common, near Willesden Junction.

'You can't pull the plug' - Renewed calls for HS2 to reach Leeds as critical review nears publication Politicians and business leaders from across Leeds have made a renewed call to the government about the future of HS2, suggesting that it would be 'policy idiocy' if the high-speed rail network doesn't reach Yorkshire.

HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail with a central Bradford stop are 'crucial' to the North LEADERS in the North's business and political sphere are standing together to demand HS2 be delivered in full - alongside Northern Powerhouse Rail…

HS2 to streamline procurement for civils sub-contractors HS2’s main works civils contractors have collaborated to introduce a new system for assessing tenders, designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs for the supply chain.

NP11 chair calls for HS2 to be completed in full The chair of the NP11 board has said that completing HS2 in full, alongside Northern Powerhouse Rail, is "crucial" to helping the North achieving its growth ambitions.

HS2 contractors collaborate on pre-qualification system Construction firms working on HS2 have collaborated to create a common pre-qualification system that will streamline tenders and cut costs. The Common Assessment Standard will mean bidders looking to work with four of the biggest main contractors on the scheme will go through an identical pre-qualification process.

HS2 to take over more land in Aylesbury "We have to facilitate the lawful work of HS2 - while at the same time questioning the need to continue with much of the enabling work ahead of the publication of the results of the review that is currently taking place.

How the climate emergency reinforces HS2's case because more freight will be transported by train - Judith Blake THERE is little doubt that our region’s current rail network is full, unfit for purpose and in need of new investment now.

Campaigners fight to stop HS2 works at nature reserve Read the latest Meridian stories, Campaigners fight to stop HS2 works at nature reserve on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Meridian news.

Emergency vehicles 'blocked' by HS2 works in Missenden Campaigners say they have had to move bollards and cones to let fire engines and ambulances through on the Link Road. It is after calls for the work to be put off until the review is over. Campaign group Stop HS2 have been in the village today, documenting the scene.

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