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County council makes bid for cash to fund HS2 'garden village' Ambitious plans to unlock land for 17,000 homes across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire - which will be linked to the new high-speed railway - are among some of the proposals being bid for. Housing Secretary Sajid Javid announced yesterday that £4.1bn of funding is available to provide vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and new schools.

100m bid for HS2 garden village for Notts and Derbyshire moves a step closer Ambitious plans to unlock land for 17,000 homes in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Derby - linked to new HS2 growth zones - have moved a step closer.

Crunching the final numbers on the Stop Hs2 petition As sure as night follows day, the last daft Stop Hs2 Parliamentary petition ran out of time and signatures yesterday. Despite frantic efforts by the remaining anti Hs2 groups in the last couple of days they never managed to scrape together more than a few hundred of the 70,000 plus signatures they fell short by after 6 months of trying.

HS2 boss to recruit second-in-command as overhaul continues The COO will be the second-in-command to Mr Thurston and strengthen the project's management team as HS2 grows from a development to a delivery body. The new recruit will take responsibility for overseeing the £55.7bn project's commercial work, including its land acquisition programme and all future procurements.

Firms told to get ready to bid for HS2 work The move to sign up the contractors responsible for designing the two new stations signals the start of an "explosion" of local economic opportunities, according to the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Will We See More Slab Track On UK Railways? I ask this question, as I've just read this article on Rail Engineer, which is entitled Slab Track Austria: Now A Serious Contender? Slab track or ballastless track has a Wikipedia entry. This is said under Characteristics. Applications in the UK recently include.

HS2 - On Even Shakier Ground Because no-one at HS2 Ltd or in Government seems to listen when it comes to the many well-founded arguments against HS2, you can find yourself saying the same thing over and over again and sometimes come to the conclusion that they will never listen.

Network Certification Body awarded HS2 contract Network Certification Body, an independent subsidiary of Network Rail, has been awarded a £20 million contract with CERTIFER to provide independent assessment services for HS2.

HS2 land sales help Hansteen to return £145m to shareholders Industrial warehouse company Hansteen is to return £145m to shareholders after selling a number of buildings to the Government to make way for a new high speed rail line.

HS2 independent assessment services contract has been awarded The contract states the two companies will provide independent assessment services to HS2, including the design and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2a. James Collison, Managing Director of NCB, said: "Winning this contract is a significant milestone for NCB and for Network Rail and we look forward to contributing to the success of HS2.

Meeting over HS2 impact on River Chess HS2 plan to drill two tunnels and a number of ventilation / access shafts through the local chalk and the group are concerned that this will damage the aquifer through pollution or by blocking the migration route of the water that feeds our rivers.

Former peer warns costs of first phase of HS2 could double DfT's budget Former Labour peer Tony Berkeley has written to Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, warning that a "lack of detail" over the expense of the first phase of HS2 could mean it costs double what the Department for Transport has estimated.

HS2 Ground Investigations: Ruislip Bed Discovery Engineers working on Britain’s new high speed railway have discovered an ancient, sub-tropical coastline dating back 56 million years.

Manchester sets out HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail growth strategy HS2, Britain's new 338km high-speed link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, is set to reach Greater Manchester by 2033. NPR proposes improving east-west connectivity between the north's major cities, offering a journey time of 30 minutes from Manchester to Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

HS2: Grayling warned over 'massive' cost overrun In a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling, seen by Construction News, Lord Berkeley called on the government to consider pausing the high-profile project to avoid a "massive cost overrun".

HS2 engineers discover Ruislip used to be an ancient subtropical coastline after new soil type discovered Located 33 metres below the surface, a previously unknown layer of black clay has led HS2 to discover that Ruislip was a subtropical coastline 56 million years ago.

This is how Manchester Airport's HS2 train station could look It looks like an airport station you might see in Hong Kong or Amsterdam - but it could become reality in Manchester. This footage, commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, shows how a £400m HS2 hub at Manchester Airport could look. Sited opposite the hub, on the other side of the M56, it features a huge and spacious glass building.

Industry anger at Government u-turn on HS2 compensation "Without a punitive rate of interest in place, they have no incentive to change their practices, which are characterised by delays and late payments." The letter said the Government needed to consider 'potential gaming risks' before finalising its approach, which it previously promised would be a rate of 8 per cent above the Bank of England base...

Manchester Piccadilly HS2 upgrade plan revealed These are external links and will open in a new window. Plans for an upgrade to Manchester Piccadilly to fit in HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail include a "grand entrance" and underground platforms. The proposals, which have yet to be costed, place NPR platforms and a tram stop under the high-speed lines, alongside the existing railway station.

Call to raid HS2 budget to fix potholes in roads These are external links and will open in a new window. Some of the £42bn earmarked for the HS2 high speed rail link should be spent on fixing potholes in roads to prevent cycling deaths, a Labour MP has said. Catherine West said the government had got its priorities wrong and should be spending more on roads in urban areas.

What Is Hs2 And How Much Will It Cost? HS2 is a plan to construct a a new high-speed rail linking London, West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. The line is to be built in a 'Y' configuration. London will be on the bottom of the 'Y', Birmingham at the centre, Leeds at the top right and Manchester at the top left.

HS2 excavations uncover prehistoric subtropical coastline in Ruislip, west London Black clay deposit indicates the London suburb was once a woodland marsh by the sea.

HS2 workers uncover prehistoric coastline in west London An ancient subtropical coastline in west London has been discovered by engineers working on high-speed railway HS2. A layer of black clay, found 108 feet below the ground, indicates that Ruislip was a woodland marsh by the sea, 56 million years ago.

Ancient shoreline of warm sea unearthed in west London Samples taken from up to 33 metres below the surface in Ruislip have revealed a strange black clay that suggests the area once had densely wooded marshes on the edge of a sub-tropical sea. HS2, the government-owned company building the railway, has named the area the 'Ruislip Bed'.

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