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"White elephant" claims as HS2 insists support for high-speed rail is growing A HIGH speed rail line which could cut through Mexborough and the Dearne Valley was branded a "white elephant" at a HS2 information event this week. But the rail company which wants to develop the line insisted that public opinion is turning in favour of the controversial route.

HS2 reveals timeline and spend for next three years Over the next three years HS2 has outlined that it is to spend a total of £12.1bn. Spending continues to rise in the following year from 2019 to 2020 with a projected spend of £4.2bn as it starts construction of Euston station in May 2019, the Chilterns tunnel in August 2019 and Old Oak Common station in September 2019.

Adonis: Crossrail 2 depends on Heathrow and HS2 success Speaking at NEC users' group annual seminar, Lord Adonis said that the industry has a "responsibility to the public" to avoid delays and overspending on major projects. "The single biggest threat to HS2 is not political, it is if it overruns in terms of time and money," he said.

Capita given £500m MoD job despite highest risk rating The ratings were supplied to the MoD by independent analyst Company Watch, which gave Capita 10/10 for risk - the most high-risk rating its assessments can give. Despite the ratings, Capita beat Serco to the £500m 10-year contract to run fire and rescue services for the MoD.

Residents urged to turn up in force for HS2 meeting RESIDENTS of the Culcheth area are being urged to turn up in force at a meeting to discuss the controversial HS2 rail line's impact on the village. Members of Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council fear the latest information made available by HS2 Ltd show the environmental effect on Culcheth will be even worse than previously thought.

Redditch businesses could benefit from HS2 A NUMBER of Redditch businesses recently attended a 'Meet the Contractor Day' designed to give firms the chance to take advantage of contracts to help construct HS2.

Exclusive - HS2 civils design deadline pushed back eight months New Civil Engineer understands that HS2 bosses have pushed back the notice to proceed deadline from November until June 2019. The additional time has been given to allow the contractors to cut costs on the project, which New Civil Engineer reported last week were currently coming in around £1bn above the target cost.

Whistleblower Claims HS2 "Knowingly Misled Parliament" Covering Up £1.9bn "Petrifying Overspend" This comes the same week that New Civil Engineer reported that the first set of contracts for building parts of the first Phase of HS2 have been estimated at £1.2bn over the £6.6bn target price, 18% over budget.

Time for rethink on plans for HS2 - Steven Broomhead In his latest column, Steven Broomhead says it is time to ditch HS2 and spend the money on health instead. RAILWAYS are in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment as the principles of reliability, predictability and punctuality seem not to be the key drivers of those who lead manage our railways.

Aston Villa will be forced to move their training ground for HS2 "The HS2 scheme will have a major impact locally and on the Recon training facility, which will lose a large portion of the current training ground.

Air your views on HS2 scheme A consultation event has now been confirmed for Monday, June 18, from 2pm to 8pm at the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth. HS2 Ltd's phase two director, Paul Griffiths, said: "The benefits that HS2 will deliver are significant and should not be underestimated.

Lichfield MP urges community groups to tap in to HS2 environmental funding pot Lichfield's MP has urged local groups to ensure they get something back from HS2 by applying for money from a new fund. The HS2 Community Environmental Fund is designed to give something back to community projects in areas where construction is likely to impact residents.

Aston Villa forced to relocate training facilities to make way for HS2 Aston Villa has been forced to relocate its training ground to make way for HS2. Part of the training ground of the championship club, which narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premiership last month, lies in the path of the £56bn rail route.

The four possible sites of massive HS2 ventilation shafts in south Manchester - one of them in the Christie car park High Speed Rail bosses are planning to dig four large ventilation shafts in south Manchester - and one is on The Christie Hospital car park. The others could be built at a Wythenshawe school, on part of Withington Golf Course and near a busy road junction.

Reality of HS2 hits home after work starts on controversial line THE REALITY of HS2 has hit home after work started in the district on the hugely controversial high-speed rail line. Matt Bishop was shocked when he went on a walk between Offchurch and Hunningham and found diggers at work. It is understood contractors were doing preliminary works moving a gas pipe line.

Roads and Factories Getting back from holiday is hard. I've never been anywhere that might give me jetlag before, but I imagined it to be the feeling of returning from so far away that you can't even contemplate real life anymore, but with a bit of tiredness thrown in. When it got me, it was far, far worse.

Initial costs for HS2 civil works costs are £1bn over budget Costs for main civil works on the government's controversial High Speed 2 project are coming in £1bn over budget. HS2 currently has a target for construction costs of £6.6bn, while its overall budget for the project is £56bn.

YP Letters: Doncaster should have been chosen over Heathrow for airport expansion From: CB Booth, Birkin, Knottingley. I AM appalled but not surprised that the Government has given the go-ahead for the third Heathrow runway. No further airport facility should be sited there. London already has four airports. There is a golden chance to shift the axis to the North, with the superb location of Doncaster.

Exclusive - HS2 civil works £1bn above target cost While one source said that the collective price was coming in at "around £1.2bn" over budget, another said that some bids were "as much as 30% to 40% higher" than their individual target price.

Dorset MP urges firms to bid for HS2 contracts MP for South Dorset Richard Drax has encouraged Dorset companies to bid for supply chain opportunities, which include environmental works, construction materials, and plan supply.

Ready, steady, go! Right now i'm wedged in the vestibule of a 2-car Class 158 making its way to Leeds from Halifax. I'm an infrequent user of these services so it wasn't until the Conductor apologised for the short-formed set that I realised this wasn't the norm.

Villagers are urged to speak out on HS2 Woore's neighbourhood plan has been published in its final draft and this week Shropshire Council's consultation on the village's future direction opened. One of the most talked-about issues in Woore is HS2.

Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment - Letters Letters: Scrapping HS2 could mean £500m each for 112 towns and cities, writes Bill Dodds, while David Biggs explains why Network Rail is selling off its commercial property arm.

Another mad week begins! The old expression "feast or famine" springs to mind this week as I find myself with one of those weeks where there's just too much happening at the same time, leaving me with an interesting exercise in logistics and juggling. Right now I'm off to Manchester to check on rail improvement work and the effects of the timetable 'difficulties'.

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