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Complete lunacy!’ Young Brexiteer demands Boris scrap ‘rich man's toy for the south’ HS2 "It is complete lunacy. "But I think Boris is probably ideally placed more than anyone to actually focus on the northern powerhouse. "That primarily seems to be Manchester, I think politicians down in London have forgotten the North isn't just Manchester.

Taking a look at HS2's huge Old Oak Common station Just outside Paddington is a vast building site - turning a run down industrial area and old railway depot into a major HS2 railway station. It's a project that's on a similar scale to the London Olympics in size, using a single impetus to regenerate an entire area, the arrival of a major railway hub.

Podcast - HS2 route designer rubbishes hyperloop feasibility Hyperloop technology lacks the capacity to be a worthwhile investment, the chief route designer of High Speed 2 has warned.

Man and dog to complete Birmingham to Leeds HS2 walk Today, Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin and his dog Eevee will complete an eleven-day walk of the proposed route of HS2 between the proposed Birmingham Curzon Street station and Leeds. Joe is expecting to arrive at Leeds Station early afternoon.

Campaigners are rallying against plans to build a giant HS2 shaft near two south Manchester schools "It just seems ridiculously wrong, there has to be a better location for it that will impact less on the community and the school life of hundreds of children." "You think it's going to be something small, but it is absolutely ginormous" Residents are calling for a public consultation, which is due to end on September 6, to be extended.

HS2 Curzon Street uncertainty hits Birmingham metro extension Work on the metro line was scheduled to be complete by 2022 in time for Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games. However, to tie in with the HS2 programme, the section of tram track through the site of the HS2 Curzon Street station site cannot now be constructed until 2024.

Ministers ditch official £56bn price tag for HS2 after Boris Johnson suggested final cost could be double Ministers have ditched the official £56 billion price tag for HS2 after Boris Johnson said the scheme's final cost could amount to double the formal estimate. Mr Johnson's regime has broken away from the insistence of Theresa May's government that the rail line will fall within the £55.7 billion budget set in 2015.

MP David Lidington: 'HS2 review needs to take fresh look at business case' THIS week, Aylesbury MP David Lidington writes to readers:. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has taken over responsibility for HS2 and Douglas Oakervee, a former chairman of HS2 Ltd, has been asked to carry out a review of the project. I've written to Mr Shapps with a series of questions about the review.

Woodland Trust call for Action The Woodland Trust have issued a call for action to save ancient woodland from the devastating effect of HS2 preparatory works. As they say on their website:. At the same time, the future of HS2 looks shakier than ever. The Prime Minister has called a review into the project as its predicted costs spiral.

Three councils team up for HS2 petition This week Stone Town Council, Chebsey Parish Council and Yarnfield and Cold Meece Parish Council all agreed to petition the House of Lords High Speed Rail Bill Select Committee on behalf of their residents for changes to the High Speed Rail Bill.

Villagers' fears over influx of HS2 lorries Cllr Jim Ryan said the process behind the project was "grossly unfair", with residents being "kept in the dark" and local authorities having very little input. "Even if we were to refuse this here this evening, do you think they'd stop? Of course not," he said.

We need positive news on HS2 I will declare straight away that I have a specific interest in seeing HS2 confirmed and supported by our 'new' Tory government. Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, of which I am the chairman, would face a very uncertain and different future if the HS2 station proposed for…

HS2 line to Manchester 'will be an important milestone' MANCHESTER Airports Group and HS2 see a high speed link to the north as key for a connected, global Britain. Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, met on Friday with HS2 Ltd CEO, Mark Thurston, at Manchester Airport to discuss progress on the development of the line to Manchester and the proposed station at Manchester Airport.

HS2 leaves ancient woodlands on borrowed time, says Woodland Trust Swathes of ancient woodland are living on borrowed time as HS2 starts to force its way through our countryside, says the Woodland Trust. Preparatory work for Phase 1, including the forced eviction of bats and badgers, has already started despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering a review into spending on the environmentally destructive scheme.

HS2 sounds out contractors ahead of tunnel fit-out work It said: "HS2 Ltd is hosting an industry event on 4 September to engage with the market, sharing its vision and to gain proactive market intel for the procurement of tunnel and lineside M&E." A timetable for the procurement of the job is expected to be outlined at the event.

New West Coast franchise leaves HS2 in the balance The new franchise agreement for the West Coast line runs from this year through to 2031 with the winner acting as shadow operator of the first phase of HS2 from 2026 onwards.

Britain’s government tries to trim the £56bn cost of HS2 Axeing the three-mile extension to Euston could save £8bn.

Midlands Metro's £137m extension delayed by HS2 The extended tramline - set to offer connections with Birmingham railway stations New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill - may not be operational until 2026, the BBC understands. Documents seen by the BBC reveal HS2 is concerned that planned construction at the Curzon site presents "logistical challenges".

Walking the route, capacity and the Independent We'd kept the plans a bit quiet, in case he got to Day Three and decided he'd done enough. However, if you've subscribed to our mailing list, you will have read that he is now past Toton station, and in fact is across the River Trent. Joe is keeping a video diary of his journey, and uploaded Day Four to our Youtube channel earlier:.

Be fair: it's HS2 that's put up the cost of train tickets Beleaguered rail commuters are facing their annual kick in the teeth. Today you'll find out how much more a ticket will cost next year. Inflation figures released today will be used by the rail industry to calculate January's rises. Consumer groups will be up in arms.

Regional Gateway - MAG and HS2 discuss proposed station at the airport Manchester Airports Group and HS2, the high-speed rail link believe the new link to the North is "key" for a connected Britain and could bring more passengers within reach of the airport.

Time flies I have been flat out over the last couple of weeks, during which I have managed to close the scaffold account, within budget, which has meant more margin, but also means I can stick two fingers up to my manager who pessimistically believes that all scaffolding accounts go 50% over budget.

FirstGroup to operate West Coast and HS2 franchises with Trenitalia FirstGroup's 70-30 joint venture with Italian state railway operator Trenitalia was told by the Department for Transport that it intended to award the new West Coast Partnership rail franchise to the companies.

Balfour Beatty warns on HS2 as firm hikes profit Last month, the world's largest geotechnical contractor, Keller, said it too wasn't counting HS2 as confirmed business because of uncertainties surrounding the scheme. In May, Balfour Beatty warned that ongoing delays to work on HS2 could see the firm forced to lay off staff before they have even had the chance to work on it.

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