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HS2 holding drop-in surgeries Residents will have the chance to ask questions about the planned high-speed rail line, and also view maps and plans. The first surgery is at the Kenilworth Centre in Abbey End car park on Tuesday August 21, from 11.30am to 2pm; followed by.

HS2 faces legal battle over 'botched procurement' Spanish manufacturer Talgo has begun legal action after what it claims was a "botched procurement" process. Talgo was named as one of five shortlisted rolling stock suppliers to build trains for the high speed line.

HS2 and the continuing north-south divide - Letters Letters: Mixed reactions to Simon Jenkins’ call to halt the planned high-speed rail link between London and the Midlands.

Helen Jones - I won't hold my breath for changes to HS2 plan IN her latest column, Warrington North MP Helen Jones talks HS2. IN recent weeks the HS2 Ltd bandwagon has, yet again, rolled into town with 'information days' held in the villages of Culcheth and Hollins Green.

If there's money to spend, put it into telecoms, not HS2 All infrastructure spending is a question of choice. There are any number of worthy recipients, but finite resources mean that not all of them can be chosen. Sometimes the Government gets it right, more often wrong. A case in point would seem to be the emerging white elephant of High Speed 2.

Spanish manufacturer Talgo sues HS2 over £2.8bn train deal The High Speed 2 rail line has steamed into further controversy with a Spanish manufacturer launching a legal challenge against its plans to buy £2.8bn of trains. Madrid-based Talgo alleges that HS2 botched the procurement of rolling stock and treated it unfairly.

Crewe Alex: 'No hidden agenda regarding HS2' - Charles Grant Rumours that the Alex plan to cash in by selling land have been abound since the plans were released, while some are concerned the club could be forced to make way as the re-designed junction, platform extensions, parking or associated parking threatens to sprawl across the area.

HS2 project wants its own arts curator The state-owned company behind the HS2 rail project has been accused of being "cavalier" with taxpayers' money after posting an advertisement for an arts curator with a salary of more than £35,000. The successful candidate will manage an "innovative and high-quality programme of new commissions… for key sites" along its cross-country routes.

The HS2 rail project is out of date and out of control. But it can still be halted - Simon Jenkins Britain is cutting care homes and children’s centres, yet blowing £80bn on a railway line that has failed every viability test, says the Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins.

Express & Star comment: Hold fat-cat HS2 chiefs to account They must hold those mismanaging this scheme to account. This is our cash, we deserve much, much better. All this comes at a time the project leaders should surely be attempting everything to show-off this high-speed rail line as value-for-money in a bid to win our support.

HS2: Balfour-Vinci brings in ex-Carillion MD to lead JV Balfour Beatty Vinci is HS2's contractor for lots N1 and N2, worth a combined £2.5bn. The JV is also bidding for further work including railway systems packages and the construction of Old Oak Common station, the total value of which is almost £4bn.

My despair over HS2 as salaries and budgets soar, says LEO MCKINSTRY His shrewd warnings were ignored. The consequence is the vast racket we see today. HS2 shows the ruling elite at its worst, where indifference to the value of public money is matched by warped political priorities. From town hall executives to water company bosses, fat cats grow rich while hard-pressed consumers suffer.

HS2 recruiting 'arts curator' to place public art along route of railway amid anger over six figure staff pay deals HS2 Ltd is recruiting an "arts curator" to help place public art along the route of the railway, prompting accusations it is being "cavalier" with taxpayers' money after it emerged one in four staff were on six figure pay deals.

HS2 is Already Transporting Gravy to Staff Troughs This outrage is to do with staff salaries, with data showing that a significant chunk of its current staff are already staggering under the weight of all the money they're taking home in the boots of their Audis.

Ben Houchen: The North is the best place to build HS2's new trains Almost 200 years ago the railway revolution began in what was then, and is today, England's Northern Powerhouse. What started as a few local railways went on to change the world. Continents became smaller, industries ramped up production and the people of Britain felt the benefit.

More than 300 HS2 staff paid six-figure sums, new figures show HS2 paid 318 officials at least £100,000 in salary and perks last year, up from 155 in 2015-16, according to The Times. The newspaper said figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show that 112 staff receive more than £150,000 a year, with 15 topping £251,000 a year.

HS2 'gravy train' slammed as 1 in 4 staff paid more than £100,000 of taxpayer's cash The firm building Britain's new high speed railway was branded "ridiculously profligate" as new figures showed one in four staff are paid more than £100,000 a year of taxpayer's cash. The gravy train on the HS2 project was exposed by a Freedom of Information request showing that 318 members of staff - out of 1,346 - are paid a six figure salary.

HS2 defends itself as figures show one in four staff earning six-figure salaries HS2 has been forced into defending itself following reports that one-quarter of staff working on the high-speed rail project earn six-figure salaries. Some 318 officials tied to the project, which will link London with cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, received at least £100,000 in salary and perks last year.

HS2 bosses gave a quarter of their staff six-figure pay packets last year HS2 RAILWAY bosses gave a quarter of their staff six-figure pay packets last year, it was reported last night. They also spent more than £600million on consultants in 2017 – more than double…

HS2 pays quarter of its officials six-figure salaries, with 15 on £251,000 a year HS2 paid 318 officials at least £100,000 in wages and perks last year, compared to just 115 staff between 2015 and 2016. The taxpayer-owned company behind the project also spent more than £600million on consultants - more than double the figure of the year before.

Nearly one in four HS2 staff being paid more than £100,000 a year Nearly a quarter of workers employees hired by HS2 are being paid over £100,000, according to reports this morning. The estimated £56bn rail project has come under considerable scrutiny over the last few months, although the government insists it is keeping a close eye on cost overruns.

Amey lands key HS2 power contract As part of the contract Amey will design and construct two new temporary substations to support the delivery of the Chiltern Tunnel south portal. The first substation will connect to the Scottish and Southern Electricity Network power grid to transform voltage levels from 132kV to 33kV.

One in four HS2 workers on six-figure salaries Almost one in four HS2 employees are being paid more than £100,000 a year, it has been revealed. The news comes despite the government insisting it is "keeping a tough grip" on the cost of the controversial project.

Quarter of HS2 workers on pay deals over £100k Britain's new high-speed railway employs a quarter of its staff on six-figure pay packets, The Times can reveal. HS2 paid 318 officials at least £100,000 in salary and perks last year, up from 155 in 2015-16. It also spent more than £600 million on consultants, well over double the figure of a year earlier.

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