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.... Honest. ” If this announcement has left the public sceptical after seven years of relaunches and debate, there are signs that HS2 is starting to carve its first marks on the landscape. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. The French state railway SNCF is to partner with Virgin Trains for a bid to run the first HS2 high-speed trains. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Virgin, Stagecoach and France's SNCF link up for HS2 bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 12:47:58 PM
. The French state railway SNCF is to partner with Virgin Trains for a bid to run the first HS2 high-speed trains. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
.... Honest. ” If this announcement has left the public sceptical after seven years of relaunches and debate, there are signs that HS2 is starting to carve its first marks on the landscape. ...
UK technology firms turn to Silicon Valley to ward off Brexit blues image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:00:19 AM
.... The trade minister, Greg Hands, was lobbied privately recently by entrepreneurs to sort out the north’s woeful transport infrastructure at a networking event to mark the launch of the Virgin Atlantic flight. Phase two of the long-delayed HS2 rail network, from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester, is scheduled to begin operating in 2033 but businesses have demanded urgent investment to slash travel times between the north’s major cities. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) says the construction industry could lose more than 175,000 employees – or 8% of the sector’s workforce – if the UK loses access to the European single market. This could put key projects, such as the HS2 rail link between London, the Midlands and northern England, at risk. ...
Balfour Beatty returns to profit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:18:30 AM
....As well as Crossrail, which will link west and east London, it is upgrading motorways and working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel. In the next few years it plans to be part of the country's three biggest infrastructure projects: High Speed 2 (HS2), the new nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point C and Wylfa, and the third runway at Heathrow airport. ...
Brum rush: Birmingham becomes tourist hotspot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 07:05:07 AM
....A recent report by estate agent Knight Frank said Birmingham was Britain’s business hotspot, having become a budding centre for financial services, new technology and architectural showpieces. The city’s coffers are being strengthened by the arrival of big banks, professional services firms and the planned HS2 rail link to London alongside the success of Jaguar Land Rover and other manufacturers. ...
British Steel to reverse salary cut for workers agreed under Tata image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 06:41:37 PM
....But Junck said British Steel could still carve out a bright future, despite continuing pressure on the industry. “Domestically we are in a unique position to provide large quantities of steel for developments through the UK, whether that be major infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Heathrow [expansion], or smaller projects such as the building of new schools or hospitals,” he said. ...
Theresa May's post-Brexit industrial strategy ducks tough decisions | Nils Pratley image
.... Many tough decisions were ducked in the green paper, or left hanging in the air. Should the steel industry celebrate a “strategic approach” to procurement? Talk of mimicking Crossrail’s consideration of “social and economic factors” could suggest that British steel will be preferred in mega-projects like HS2. ...
Rail strike: search goes on for job Failing Grayling can't do badly | John Crace image
.... Not until McDonald condemned the strikes and told everyone to go back to work. Next, Failing wanted to move on to the triumph of HS2. ...
Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:30:17 AM
....But recent experience with offshore wind turbines has shown costs can sometimes fall faster than predicted. The firms hope that as Theresa May's government has already embraced two mega projects in HS2 and Hinkley Point, it may be enthused by another plan for engineering on a heroic scale. ...
Is Britain’s rail network getting worse? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 05:34:17 PM
.... A revamped Thameslink and all of Crossrail should be running by the end of the decade, giving a massive boost to the capacity of lines across the capital and beyond. And construction should start this year on a proper high-speed railway, HS2. ...
Chris Grayling: Tory in combative mood to deal with rail union bosses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 07:00:14 AM
....He had not previously been thought of as a May loyalist, having run Liam Fox’s leadership bid in 2005, but she picked the rightwinger to chair her campaign and was instrumental in winning many pro-leave Tory MPs to her camp rather than that of Michael Gove, Fox or Andrea Leadsom. He told friends at the time that he was not after a big office of state after she won the top job, but was highly satisfied with the transport brief, overseeing major decisions such as Heathrow and HS2. ...
HS1 owners consider sale after receiving offers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 02:28:27 PM
....HS1 is the UK’s only high-speed railway to date. Parliament is expected to fully ratify plans for the London-Birmingham first phase of HS2 early in 2017, and the government may yet look at a similar concession model for the rail infrastructure. ...
Don't mistake autumn statement for infrastructure splurge | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 07:15:03 PM
....Do not run away with the idea that the chancellor has borrowed the clothes of Donald Trump and ordered an infrastructure splurge. Ploughing £23bn into a new national productivity investment fund sounds impressive until you remember that the HS2 high-speed railway, funded separately, is due to cost £56bn at the last count. ...
Costain: 'Time to build new engineering talent pool' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:14:26 AM
....But the government has already announced £1. 3bn of spending on road improvements and £1bn for broadband on top of pushing ahead with HS2, Hinkley Point and a third runway at Heathrow. ...
HS2 will open on time in 2033, transport secretary vows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 06:28:48 PM
. The government's controversial £56bn high-speed rail project HS2 will be completed on time, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has insisted. ...
Delayed HS2 second-phase route unveiled image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 07:48:04 AM
. The preferred route for the second phase of HS2 has been published, setting out exactly where the government will build the high-speed rail network through the north of England – although a controversial decision on how to run the line to Sheffield has been delayed once again. ...
HS2: North West and Yorkshire routes confirmed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 12:06:42 AM
. The government has announced the route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line HS2, from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. ...
HSBC insists Birmingham staff move is on track image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 04:10:34 PM
.... Last year only 13% of those staff earmarked for relocation had indicated they were ready to take on the move, although that figure is said to be increasing. A report by estate agents Knight Frank published last week said Birmingham was enjoying a renaissance, fuelled by manufacturers and the arrival of big banks and professional services firms, as well as the planned HS2 rail link. ...
Move over, Manchester – Midlands motor Birmingham is setting the pace image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 06:01:24 AM
....The UK’s second city, with a population of more than a million, has cast off its image of motorways, industrial decline and urban unrest to become a budding centre for financial services, new technology and architectural showpieces, Knight Frank said in a report. The city’s renaissance is being fuelled by the arrival of big banks, professional services firms and the planned building of the HS2 rail link to London alongside the success of Jaguar Land Rover and other manufacturers. ...
New West Coast rail franchise to run HS2 services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 4th of November 2016 08:27:34 AM
. A new rail franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast main line with HS2 high-speed services has been announced by the government. ...
Maternity leave should be extended at cost of £2.1bn, says CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 11:01:05 PM
....She said Hammond should reverse, at a cost of £6bn, cuts that took public investment below 2% of GDP, and fast-track £425bn of planned infrastructure investment, switching the emphasis from London and the south-east of England to the west, Midlands and north. The CBI has long campaigned for the Treasury to support road-widening schemes and rail upgrades in order to improve the UK’s infrastructure, while backing projects such as the third runway at Heathrow and the HS2 high-speed rail line. ...
Is government spending on roads and railways a good idea? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of October 2016 03:52:55 PM
....The Conservative government seems to be taking a new tack. It is already planning to spend lots of money on big projects like HS2, a new Hinkley nuclear power station, and maybe even a new airport runway in south east England. ...
HS2 'needs realistic timetable' say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 11:52:04 PM
. MPs say the HS2 rail link needs a "realistic timetable" and believe the current schedule is "overly ambitious". ...
HS2 jitters image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 03:10:25 PM
....First it was 2014, then 2015, now it is "by the end of 2016". Everyone has been waiting a very long time for the government to announce where the second phase of HS2 will actually go, yet a couple of years on we still do not have a route. ...
HS2 rail link boss quits to join Rolls-Royce image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of September 2016 01:34:37 PM
. The boss of the controversial HS2 rail link is leaving to take up a senior post at Rolls-Royce, the aerospace and engineering group has said. ...

Britain must channel the Olympic spirit and expand Heathrow
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 11:45:00 AM
.... The brief was simple: to bring my experience delivering the Olympics to ensure Britain’s infrastructure was fit for the future. There remains a huge amount more to do, but I’m proud of the progress we have begun to make that will see significant new infrastructure operational over the next decade – Crossrail, Thames Tideway Tunnel, HS2. ...

Both unions and train companies have gone off the rails
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 10:00:00 PM
....At a time of political and economic uncertainly, efficient infrastructure is critical to economic growth. Whether it’s HS2 or Network Rail’s revolutionary plans for a digital railway that will increase capacity without the need to build new lines, change has to happen. ...
Households could get fracking payments under government plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 7th of August 2016 03:37:51 AM
....It goes something like this: I'll stand up for you, not the big boys and girls. And by floating this plan for fracking, what about the proposed high speed rail line between the north and south of England, HS2? . ...
Violent outbursts at Doncaster HS2 meeting image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:32:28 AM
. Trouble flared at a meeting about the HS2 route through South Yorkshire, resulting in residents grappling on the floor. ...
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What are Jeremy Corbyn's policies in the Labour leadership contest?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 03:00:35 PM
....Mr Corbyn has previously talked about "quantitative easing for people", with a Corbyn government borrowing to invest in housing, energy, transport and digital projects in a bid to boost the economy and stimulate employment growth. Britain's railways should be brought under public control, Mr Corbyn has said, while he has also expressed his opposition to the HS2 rail scheme, saying it would turn cities in the North into "dormitories for London businesses". ...

Goddard Inquiry: New Zealand judge becomes Britain’s highest paid civil servant with £5m pay package
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....”. The Taxpayers' Alliance said by its reckoning only two public servants - both involved in the HS2 high speed rail link - earned more. ...

Revealed: Rail passengers suffer unbearable levels of overcrowding as trains cram in twice the number of people they should
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.... . "We are investing a record £40 billion into the network to address this, delivering 3,700 extra carriages by 2019, and providing a huge boost to capacity through programmes like HS2, Crossrail, and the £6. ...

Who is Chris Grayling? Meet the new Transport Secretary
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:31:32 AM
....He will likely be used by Mrs May to bridge the gap between Leavers and Remainers on the Right of  the Conservative Party as during the campaign, he skillfully managed to avoid personal attacks on colleagues. In addition, he will be expected to tackle the thorny issue of a third runway at Heathrow and also opposition to the HS2 railway project. ...

Patrick McLoughlin: Tories must not be seen as 'the nasty party' ever again
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....As a young pit worker in Staffordshire during the miners’ strike in the 1980s, he fought to keep his mine open, defying Arthur Scargill’s orders. He has fought many political battles in the decades since, serving as Mr Cameron’s chief whip during the Coalition and Transport Secretary overseeing the HS2 rail link scheme. ...
Jobs boom for self-employed revives fears for workers' rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of July 2016 02:28:16 PM
....”. O’Grady said the government should invest in housebuilding and infrastructure projects such as the HS2 rail link to create secure full-time jobs and apprenticeships paying decent wages. ...

HS2 railway project to go ahead despite change in government
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 17th of July 2016 07:09:42 PM
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HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 17th of July 2016 03:35:13 PM
. The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, says he does not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project. ...

Hundreds of brand-new homes will be bulldozed under updated HS2 track plans
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Kids discuss HS2, the Queen and the state of English football
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 05:00:00 AM
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High speed rail service HS2 will suffer the railways' usual delays, expert warns 
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HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of June 2016 11:24:49 PM
. The HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office has said. ...
Up in the air image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of June 2016 02:32:40 PM
.... Rival Gatwick is very much back in the game. Also vulnerable, though much further along in terms of process, is the promised investment in high speed rail (HS2). ...

Affordable housing site at London HS2 hub faces City Hall probe
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of June 2016 02:35:35 PM
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In the age of HS2, the past teaches us there are far better ways to run our railways | Christian Wolmar image
....Related: Modern rail travel is a slow-grinding nightmare of too many people and too little space | Stuart Heritage. But it is not all plain sailing for the HS2 project. ...
Digital plan for trains feeling strain of high demand and creaky foundations image
....Network Rail hopes that, with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin tipped to be reshuffled out of the job after the EU referendum, a new minister will champion the project. It would have legacy potential, while avoiding the public antipathy generated by a third airport runway or HS2. ...
Fantastically crony-capitalist: that’ll be Cameron-land | Simon Jenkins image
....It was the diplomatic equivalent of a drone attack. George Osborne had spent two years meticulously crafting good relations with the Chinese, in a desperate bid for cash for his Hinkley Point and HS2, vanity projects so imprudent that no British or European bank would touch them. ...
Top UK civil servant reviews HS2 project image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 2nd of May 2016 01:25:10 PM
. Britain’s most senior civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is reviewing HS2 as fears grow that the high-speed railway cannot be built within its £55bn budget in its current form. ...
Lord Adonis: HS3 could be the rail revolution of the 21st century image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of April 2016 12:01:51 PM
.... It will act, both directly and indirectly, as a catalyst driving skills and employment. In the mid-2020s, at the peak of construction, HS2 will employ 25,000 people, supporting up to 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities, with the potential for an additional 400,000 jobs in the wider economy. ...
Tata Steel deal saves 4,400 jobs in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of April 2016 10:53:20 AM
....Unite added that the government must now take steps to support the business to ensure workers are not left high and dry if they accept new working conditions. “This means supporting steelworkers by ensuring infrastructure such as HS2 and defence projects are built with British steel, as well as tackling the dumping of cheap imports and high energy costs, which is leaving steelworkers fighting with one hand tied behind their backs,” Unite said. ...
Tycoon in talks over Port Talbot sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of April 2016 04:40:26 PM
....Shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested the government could maintain a stake in the plant after a sale. He has also urged ministers to speed up infrastructure projects, such as HS2, to support the steel industry and encourage investment. ...
UK plays down China steel tariff fears image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of April 2016 04:37:00 PM
.... . Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson told the BBC the government had been "on the back foot", and should have changed procurement rules to ensure a role for British steel in big projects such as HS2. ...
PM raises steel concerns with Chinese image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of April 2016 10:49:39 PM
....But to get that long term relationship, the UK might need to look away from certain Chinese trade practices. Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson told the BBC the government had been "on the back foot", and should have changed procurement rules to ensure a role for British steel in big projects such as HS2. ...
Steel crisis: builders, manufacturers and carmakers urged to buy British image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of March 2016 06:58:05 PM
....Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, said: “Better use of public procurement is a vital part of the future of the steel industry in the UK. “Government has a vital role to play in ensuring that British steel companies are given the opportunity and, where possible, assistance through the contracting process to secure orders for major infrastructure projects from HS2 to Hinkley Point. ...
George Osborne is a Roman emperor indulged in all his follies and fads | Simon Jenkins image
.... Having made the mistake of authorising Crossrail 1 in 2010, Osborne must now pay for the far more sensible Crossrail 2 – the north/south railway linking Surrey to Hertfordshire via central London – but he must do so from a severely diminished pot. What of our old friend HS2, connecting London, Birmingham, the east Midlands, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester? Its backers must have shuddered at its conspicuous absence from Osborne’s list of boasts. ...
Call to 'kick-start' HS3 rail link image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 12:16:33 AM
...."This is going to be a phased approach. It's not going to be one big bang like HS2, which is the creation of a completely new line from nothing," he told the BBC. ...
Osborne's budget to set in motion high-speed rail and road tunnel schemes image
....”. The move is likely to be welcomed by MPs in northern England and unlikely to cause the sort of controversy aroused by the HS2 London to Manchester link, which has been fiercely resisted by local communities, seen costs spiral to £50bn and triggered warnings about the risks of derailment. ...
Londoners should pay at least half of Crossrail 2 bill, Lord Adonis says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of March 2016 12:04:12 PM
....London should pay at least half of the expected £33bn bill for Crossrail 2, but the development of the north-south rail line should be a priority with benefits for the entire nation, according to Andrew Adonis, the NIC chair. Adonis called on the chancellor to release funding in next week’s budget to produce plans for the rail link in a year’s time, to ensure it opens in 2033, when HS2, the £55bn high-speed rail network, will link London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. ...
Five issues that will shape the Northern Powerhouse image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of February 2016 12:19:46 AM
.... He agreed there was no proof, but urged people to take a leap of faith - like the Victorian engineers. The team behind the HS2 high-speed rail link from London to the North says the key factor in building the new track was the forecast for future passenger numbers. ...
Euston station upgrade risks years of misery, says train operator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 07:23:02 PM
. The proposed redevelopment of Euston station for HS2 high-speed trains risks inflicting years of misery on London commuters, one of the UK’s largest train operators has warned. ...
'One North' economy crucial for UK - but civil servants 'need arms twisted' on devolution image
.... The trans-Pennine tunnel could bore under the A628 Woodhead Pass, in a scheme which would cost an estimated £6bn. "East to West links have long been ignored in this country," he said, in reference to the HS2 rail link, which has been given the go-ahead, and will initially connect London and Birmingham. ...
MPs' concern over Eurostar stake sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of January 2016 12:04:11 AM
....MPs said it was "unacceptable" that there was a two-year delay by the Department for Transport in publishing an evaluation of Britain's first high-speed rail line. It meant that important information that could have been used by Parliament to consider other projects, including the HS2 high speed line, was not available. ...
London rejected from the 10 best European cities for investing in property  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of January 2016 05:00:01 AM
.... Birmingham is has great prospects for property investment  Photo: Alamy. Birmingham remained in sixth place for the second year running because companies are starting to move business there, such as HSBC, as well as HS2 and its relative cheapness in comparison to London. ...
Britain’s capital spending should insulate us from global turbulence image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 8th of January 2016 07:52:10 PM
.... The UK government has also been keen to support investment in housing. In his speech this week, the Chancellor also emphasised his commitment to supporting major infrastructure projects – including HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse. ...
Why the UK is failing on infrastructure, the cornerstone of Tory policy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of January 2016 08:21:34 AM
....We know the chancellor George Osborne loves infrastructure, because he keeps on saying so. But infrastructure is about much more than HS2 or Crossrail. ...
Mapped: do you live in a high council tax area?  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 27th of December 2015 07:32:30 AM
.... . • 'We built an extension and our council tax soared' • Live near HS2? You can appeal for lower council tax . ...
HMRC won’t help with 'negligible value' shares tax loss claim image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 06:32:40 PM
.... There is guidance online. The form is HS286, which you can find via the tinyurl. ...
Why is it so hard to decide on major building projects? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 12:06:37 AM
....Deciding whether to build new nuclear power stations took years - and then hit a problem of who would pay for them. Then there is the HS2 high-speed rail project. ...
Cumbria floods could give a lift to construction products group Marshalls  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 09:37:46 AM
.... . New stations as a result of Crossrail and HS2 are also expected to generate work for years to come. ...
North-south divide set to widen over next three years, study shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 12:01:07 AM
.... Launching the programme in Manchester in May, he described it as “a revolution in the way we govern England”. But a forecast from EY consultancy’s economists published on Thursday suggests the resulting policies, which include boosting infrastructure – such as by building the HS2 railway line – and allowing councils to keep more of the revenue from business rates, are unlikely to bear fruit until at least 2020. ...
Heathrow delays have gone on too long, let’s act image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 5th of December 2015 05:40:16 PM
.... . What’s odd about all this is the contrast between the rock solid political support there is for the much more questionable “grand project” of HS2 (cost £30bn and rising), and the complete Horlicks that successive governments keep making of new airport capacity, which costs a good deal less but is unarguably far more important to the nation’s economic future. ...
HS2 section 'to open six years early' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 30th of November 2015 12:00:36 AM
. The government has announced plans to open a 43-mile section of the HS2 high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Crewe in 2027, six years earlier than originally hoped for. ...

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