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Filey MP Sends Mixed Messages on HS2? Twitter users have been responding to tweet showing Filey MP Kevin Hollinrake with a Boris HS2 Train Set. Mr Hollinrake has been a long term supporter of the HS2 rail project which aims to bring a high speed rail link from London to the north via Birmingham and Manchester with a proposed line to Leeds.

Campaigners won't budge as they set up camp in proposed HS2 pathway Read the latest Meridian stories, Campaigners won't budge as they set up camp in proposed HS2 pathway on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Meridian news.

HS2 in the North must go ahead to boost Northern Powerhouse Rail, says peer Lord Berkeley warned that scrapping sections of the high-speed line would be a blow to the region, as the Government prepares to reveal whether it will press ahead with the project.

Drivers on new HS2 route will have to get out of their train and switch ends mid-trip in Manchester HS2's plans for the landmark Northern Powerhouse Rail network would require drivers to switch ends mid-trip in Manchester and have been 'insufficiently' appraised, a new report has said.

Former homeless men land jobs building HS2 station FIVE formerly homeless people have started work building infrastructure across the West Midlands, passing a training programme funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

HS2 boss tops government's 'high earners list' Thurston tops the list for the second year running. The information was revealed by the Cabinet Office as part of transparency rules. HS2 Ltd officials account for three of the top 10 earners with 48 people working on HS2 earning an annual salary of more than £150,000, as of September 2019.

China could show us how to get HS2 done Faced with a coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan, the Chinese are building a 1,000-bed hospital from scratch. In one week. True, it's being constructed out of prefabricated units. But the speed of such a project is astonishing.

Another day of anti HS2 social media froth can't hide the reality… I've had another busy day at home scanning yet more old slides, whilst also preparing to move on to other activities this week. Tomorrow will see me back on the rails as I head to a press event at Barrow Hill near Chesterfield. All will be revealed in tomorrow's rolling blog.

ALEX BRUMMER: Ease the pile-up of projects like HS2 and 5G A consequence of the long Brexit hiatus is that so many of the biggest decisions to be taken by government ended up in nowhere land. Now they are arriving at the door of 10 Downing Street in a mad rush. As part of the Johnson government's effort to speed up connectivity across the country, it wants to get 5G networks and ultra-fast broadband done.

Three arrested trying to stop HS2 tree-felling in Warwickshire. Today on the Welsh Road just outside Offchurch in the safe Conservative set of Kenilworth and Southam, three people were arrested for trying to stop HS2 'vegetation clearance' which has been taking place regardless of the fact that a…

Scrap HS2 and take rail off the fat cats A new report laid bare the growing chaos behind the the HS2 project, just as Northern Rail hits the buffers.

National Audit Office slams basic failings for HS2 being over budget and behind schedule The National Audit Office has claimed that HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated its complexity and risk.

HS2 decision could be made this week as Government prepares to announce green light for phase one Government expected to announce go-ahead for southern section of HS2 but fate of northern legs is unclear.

Will HS2 help accountants? I am hardly a visionary, but the news that HS2 is now projected to cost at least twice as much as originally estimated comes as no surprise. In fact, for some time, I have been regarding it as Crossrail 2, since it makes me just as cross as the original.

HS2: Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore warns that the £106billion rail project will fail to improve majority of the north Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore says she is ‘profoundly disappointed’ in plans for High Speed 2 rail and warns it will fail to improve the majority of the north.

National Audit Office: HS2 over budget and behind schedule because it was 'underestimated' HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because the major rail project and Department for Transport underestimated its complexity and risk, the National Audit Office says.

HS2 does nothing for the new Tory heartlands in the North If there is one thing that could yet save HS2 it is the 'letting down the North' argument. Didn't Boris make a speech in the early hours of 13 December promising the party's new-found voters in the north that he would never take their votes for granted and never forget them?

The Reader: A critical week begins for the HS2 project HS2 was never a good use of taxpayers' money compared to alternative transport schemes, but the latest budget increases are disastrous for its economic case. When the wider losses from the tax bill are included, the costs are now likely to exceed the benefits.

Cabinet minister says 'taking plunge on HS2' may be the right thing to do A second Cabinet minister today hinted that HS2 will get the go-ahead. Justice Minister Robert Buckland suggested the Government may "take the plunge" over the high-speed rail line despite a review finding that costs could rise to £106 billion, almost double the present £56 billion budget, and several MPs opposing the scheme.

Will HS2 be scrapped and what has it cost so far? Two Cabinet ministers have hinted that Prime Minister Boris Johnson could give the go-ahead to complete the controversial HS2 rail project. The suggestions come as whistleblowers claim the public was deceived over the true cost of Europe's largest infrastructure project.

Shropshire Star comment: Could HS2 billions be better spent elsewhere? There is one key point that supporters of HS2 always seem to miss when they attempt to persuade us of its necessity.

Sanam Pervez Flourishes as HS2 Programme Manager Sanam Pervez is thriving in her role as a programme manager with HS2. We present a Q&A with Sanam, reinforcing the HS2 policy on embracing diversity.

Use HS2 billions to help West Midlands and Staffordshire commuters - expert Billion of pounds earmarked for HS2 would be better spent improving the lives of commuters in the West Midlands, an expert said today.

HS2 draws up plan for Curzon Street safeguards HS2 will put together a framework of losing bidders for its £570m Curzon Street station job in Birmingham under plans to safeguard itself from having to shell out on possible retendering costs.

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