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HS2 may never reach Nottingham says council leader The multi-billion pound High Speed 2 rail line may never get to Nottinghamshire, the leader of Nottingham City Council has warned. The current plan is for the line from London and Birmingham to stop at Toton, before heading further north to Sheffield and Leeds.

Chances of HS2 getting to Notts are now less than 50/50, says Nottingham City Council leader The current plan is for the line from London and Birmingham to stop at Toton, before heading further north to Sheffield and Leeds. But there are concerns the plans could run well over budget, and recent high-profile reports have suggested senior government figures think the scheme past Birmingham should be scrapped altogether.

Demolition underway at HS2 Birmingham depot site A joint venture made up of Laing O'Rourke and Murphy is responsible for the demolition of a former railway works in Washwood Heath. The demolition, which the JV is carrying out with Nottingham-based specialist Total Reclaims Demolition, covers a site larger than 110,000m2.

First look at HS2's Washwood Heath depot site Ahead of High Speed Two Limited beginning construction of a train maintenance depot in Washwood Heath, demolition of a former railway works in Birmingham is now well underway. The demolition covers a site larger than 110,000 square-metres and is being carried out by HS2 Ltd alongside their early works contractor, Birmingham-based LM JV.

HS2: 'Zero chance' of £56bn cost There is “probably close to zero chance” HS2 can be built within its £56bn budget without changes to its scope, a rail expert has told a Lords committee.

Couple whose home is set for demolition to make way for HS2 launch Crowd Justice campaign BATTLING couple Trevor and Justine Palin have launched a Crowd Justice campaign to raise funds to challenge HS2 in court. They say their campaign is aimed at securing a true, open market price for their family home, which is due for demolition to make way for the Crewe to Manchester spur of HS2.

"Zero Chance" of HS2 coming in on budget with "Zero Capacity" released, expert tells Lords Stokes said the chances of HS2 being on budget were "probably close to zero", unless the specifications of the project were scaled back.

Bucks HS2: MP Cheryl Gillan considered sending 'Not My Valentine' card to HS2 after urging bosses to cancel project Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan revealed she considered sending a 'not my valentine' card to HS2 last week, after she quizzed government transport chiefs on the impact the controversial rail project could have on Bucks.

Mace and Balfour HS2 station appointments look to be in the clear Speculation had risen that the teams who missed out on the £1.5bn deal to build Euston station and the £1bn contract for the construction of Old Oak Common station were considering lodging legal challenges to the appointments.

Staffordshire golf club expanding to make way for HS2 Darroch Baker, construction director at J Tomlinson, said: "The redevelopment of such a prominent golf club is a very exciting project and we are thrilled to be a part of it. "We look forward to working closely with the club and the project team to deliver new state-of-the-art facilities that are in keeping with the club's intricate history."

MP questions HS2 spend as figures show £5.6m spent on 89 agency staff The money which was spent on just 89 agency staff members worked out an annual salary of £120,000. Overnight accommodation for employees staying away from home cost £600,000 in 2018. The outspoken MP who has often been critical of the rail scheme has once again called for the project to be scrapped and demanded the money be spent elsewhere.

HS2 costs: £5.5bn spent to date Spending on HS2 up to the end of the last financial year was £5.5bn, it has emerged.

HS2 Has Already Spent £5.5bn And that's without buying any trains yet, which we'd imagine are the expensive bit.

After Dispatches - Where Are We Now With HS2? And that was just Thursday! The lull in the Brexit debate even meant the Daily Mail effectively had an advert for a Channel 4 programme on its front page, but that wasn't why the timing was right, the timing was right because finally the message was ready to be heard.

Why the benefits of HS2 are overstated Liam Halligan's piece on HS2 is spot-on. I am surprised to find myself for once on the same side as Andrea Leadsom. Most of the argument about HS2 focuses on cost; I'd like more on the pros and cons. Any projected benefits seem to be based on an assumption that more people will travel the route, because the travel time will be less.

Travel expenses for employees working on the HS2 rail project cost £50k a week The figures came to light this week after Ministers were said to be 'actively considering' scrapping the HS2 scheme.

HS2 Ltd has "Always Said" They Won't Know Cost Until Contractors in Place - Thurston For almost a decade whenever Ministers, HS2 Ltd officials and other advocates have been asked about the costs of HS2, they have repeated the well-established mantra that "HS2 is on time and on budget", no matter how blatantly clear it is that neither of these things are true.

Couple sue HS2 for 'undervaluing their home by £60,000' in landmark legal case Trevor and Justine Palin say their house is worth at least £60,000 more than HS2 has offered to pay for it under a compulsory purchase order for the proposed line. The couple are planning to take the company to the High Court in a case which could pave the way for hundreds of other homeowners in a similar situation to take legal action.

True cost of HS2 not known, boss of controversial rail scheme admits The true cost of High Speed 2 is not known and cannot be established for some time, the boss of the controversial rail scheme has admitted. Responding to fears the project costs could spiral out of control, Mark Thurston, chief executive of HS2 Ltd, said the high speed rail link was a "huge economic project" for the UK.

Letters: Britain can have better transport without wasting more money on HS2 SIR - There is now so much doubt about the merits of HS2 that the project should be abandoned immediately before any more money is wasted. The savings could be used to improve current transport, while investment in the North could be encouraged through tax breaks.

Tenth of HS2 budget has gone before a piece of track is laid HS2 has cost taxpayers £5.5 billion even before construction of the line. The equivalent of a tenth of the project's budget has been spent in the past nine years as part of preparations for Europe's biggest infrastructure project.

HS2 promises end to overcrowding with booking app Passengers will be required to reserve a seat to travel on HS2 trains under plans to prevent standing travellers from clogging up aisles and doorways.

Shropshire urged to capitalise on HS2 SHROPSHIRE needs to do all it can to capitalise on the government's HS2 rail plans. Councillor Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council's portfolio holder for highways and transport, said now was the time for the county to decide on how it can get involved in the scheme.

Spend the HS2 Money in the North says Aylesbury Question Time Audience Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said she couldn't justify HS2 to her constituents, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said he would cancel it immediately, and with the exception of just one person there was no love for HS2 on Valetines Day, as the Aylesbury Question Time audience…

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