With thanks to Andrea Polden.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hs2-reveals-colne-valley-viaduct-concepts- – 19 January 2018 – Added link to design specimen document – HS2 Ltd today revealed an outline concept for the Colne Valley viaduct, which will help inform development of its final design and form the basis for wider discussions with local communities.
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https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-colne-valley-regional-park-panel – 19 January 2018 – Viaduct concepts added – The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel considers how the HS2 project should respond to the social, economic and ecological aspects of the Colne Valley.
|HS2 Colne Valley Regional Park Panel – GOV.UK
The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel considers how the HS2 project should respond to the social, economic and ecological aspects of the Colne Valley.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/colne-valley-viaduct-specimen-design – 19 January 2018 – First published. – Outlines the design-approach behind the viaduct, and how it has been developed so as to address HS2 Design Vision core values.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42751114 – HS2 plans for ‘one of UK’s longest viaducts’ unveiled
https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/55756/hs2-ltd-poaches-he-s-poole – subscriber access only, not available from Google
https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/55763/carillion-s-demise-won-t-damage-hs2- – subscriber access only, not available from Google
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42731762 – Carillion/ Six charts that explain what happened
National Infrastructure Commission:
|Work to start on £7 million Crewe Green roundabout scheme – Nantwich Newsthenantwichnews.co.uk
Work to begin on £7 million Crewe Green Roundabout scheme, designed to improve pinchpoint junction which impacts thousands of drivers in South Cheshire. Residents, businesses and anyone wanting to find out more, can meet contractors at an event in Crewe on January 18.
https://brownfieldbriefing.com/ground-gas2018 – ‘Assessing and managing ground gas risk’ – is this of relevance to the Phase 2b route?
http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/news/story?id=12101 -Highways England procurement director joins HS2 – subscriber access only, not available from Google
https://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/news/one-of-hs2-s-main-contractors-on-brink-of-collapse-1-8325527 – also published by other local papers
https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/government-prepared-for-carillion-collapse/10026932.article – subscriber access only, not available from Google
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42656879 – Government to hold pensions talks with Carillion
|High Speed Two (HS2) Phase Two PFM v7.1 Step-through …www.gov.ukHigh Speed Two (HS2) Phase Two PFM v7.1 Step-through report Summary of key changes to modelling assumptions between PFM v6.1c and PFM v7.1 July 2017|
|HS2 dates, route maps, contracts awarded and why the UK …www.thesun.co.ukThe final route of the Manchester and Leeds arms of the railway will be confirmed later.|
Phase 2b – western route:
The first 8 pages of this Newsletter from the Cheshire Branch of the CPRE are largely reporting on activities to do with HS2:
|Carillion pensioners to swallow stake in companywww.telegraph.co.ukAround 28,000 pensioners who used to work at Carillion could end up owning a stake in the construction company under plans to keep it afloat.|
Phase 2b – eastern route:
https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2017/10/09/north-wales-businesses-urged-to-support-a-connected-crewe – not seen before, but now too late for the consultation
https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2017/10/24/why-yorkshire-holds-the-key-to-britains-future-rail-generation – (I think he means â€˜overvaluedâ€™!)
http://www.propertyweek.com/finance/mayfair-capital-fund-completes-Â£331m-of-acquisitions/5093148.article – subscriber access only, not available from Google
HS2 finance chief quits over redundancy payments
HS2 executive resigns over nearly Â£2m in unauthorised redundancy payments
HS2 chief is departing
Forget housing, Brits are more concerned about the trains
Heathrow runway doubt after new data revealed
Harry Fone from the TaxPayersâ€™ Alliance introduces himself:
I am the new Grassroots Campaign Manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance. It is my job to organise campaigns to ensure that taxpayer money is spent responsibly. I am keen to show that HS2 is a costly and unnecessary project that will provide no economic benefit to the country.
Over the coming weeks I will be travelling around the country to meet with various anti-HS2 groups and distribute leaflets calling for HS2 to be scrapped. I am looking for volunteers to help distribute leaflets and organise action days in local villages, towns and railway stations. If you are interested please do not hesitate to contact me, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Harry Fone, Campaign Manager (Grassroots)
TaxPayers’ Alliance, 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL
+44 (0) 20 7998 1450
24-hour media line: 07795 084113 (No texts)
|High Speed Trains: 8 Sep 2017: Hansard Written Answers – TheyWorkForYouwww.theyworkforyou.comTheyWorkForYou is a website which makes it easy to keep track of your local MP’s activities.|
|High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland: 6 Sep 2017: Hansard Written Answers – TheyWorkForYouwww.theyworkforyou.comTheyWorkForYou is a website which makes it easy to keep track of your local MP’s activities.|
http://www.creweguardian.co.uk/news/15524489.Find_out_more_about_HS2_plans/ – also published by other local papers
Phase 2b – western route:
http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/15509184.Tatton_MP_puts_the_case_for_opening_mid_Cheshire_links_to_the_rail_minister/ – also published by other local papers
|Tatton MP puts the case for opening mid Cheshire links to the rail ministerwww.knutsfordguardian.co.ukA GOVERNMENT minister has vowed to pursue unlocking rail lines in Knutsford and mid Cheshire following a meeting with residents, businesses andâ€¦|
HS3 / Northern Powerhouse:
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06791686/officers – HIGH SPEED TWO (HS2) LIMITED – Officers
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2460838 – Constitutionalizing Constitutional Law/ HS2 by Paul P. Craig / SSRN – older, but not seen before
Memo to Policy North- create your own wealth
Half of residents hoping to sell a home near HS2 are rejected
Philip Hammond in â€˜Northern Powerhouseâ€™ push
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/crewe-hub-options-for-building-on-existing-connectivity – updated 3/8/17 – Details of public events added
Phase 2b – western route:
http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/15442463.Tatton_MP_secures_meeting_to_look_at_improving_transport_links_in_the_area/ – also published by other local papers
Disparity of Transport Programmes:
General Election Results:
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/15333377.General_Election_2017__We_interview_Watford_s_Parliamentary_hopefuls_to_discuss_the_big_issues/ – also published by other local papers
|Theresa May commits to delivering HS2 rail linkwww.dailymail.co.ukThere had been speculation the Prime Minister would drop the new north-south railway from the Conservatives´ General Election manifesto.|
http://www.machinery-market.co.uk/news/17345 – British Steel support for HS2 College
|British Steel support for HS2 College – Machinery Market Newswww.machinery-market.co.ukBritish Steel (britishsteel.co.uk) has donated 200m of rail track to the yet-to-be-opened National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham. The campus — being developed on the bank of the Grand Union Canal — will train more than 1,300 students per year once it reaches full capacity. Alongside another campus in Doncaster, it is scheduled to be completed this summer; both will open their doors to students in September.|
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-express/20170501/282020442192745 – this is the same article as the above with a different title: ‘Wider seats for HS2 passengers as they get fatter’
We must not destroy the environmental protections the EU has helped make
Brexit negotiations and supporting the UK
Sir, The publication of the EU’s Brexit negotiating objectives coincided with the latest UK growth figures (“Squeeze on spending puts growth in slow lane”, Business, Apr 29). That juxtaposition questions the wisdom of committing to HS2 and its £56 billion cost. We might prefer to husband our resources against the “divorce” settlement and other headwinds. Paul Bowen Aylesbury, Bucks
http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2017/04/john-oconnell-the-tory-manifesto-it-should-commit-to-scrapping-hs2-ending-the-triple-lock-and-reforming-the-nhs.html – see also the Survey in Joe’s urgent message below
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/yorkshire-post/20170425/281616715255141 – Minister insists HS2 will not be cancelled
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/live-west-midlands-mayor-debate-12927334 – see comments at 18:26
HS2 / CH2M / Mace
West Coast Partnership franchise:
http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/15243928.Virgin_Trains_and_French_operator_SNCF_to_jointly_bid_for_HS2_franchise/ – Press Association syndicated article
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-contract-opportunities – updated 13/4/17
|HS2 contract opportunities – GOV.UKwww.gov.uk Find information about contracts awarded directly by HS2 Ltd, including the status of current and future opportunities. Details on live direct procurements and …|
|MP celebrating 25 years praises ‘fantastic’ constituency with ‘kind and generous’ peoplewww.bucksfreepress.co.uk A south Bucks MP, who is celebrating 25 years in the role, has spoken out about her “fantastic” constituency and its “kind and generous”…|
https://hs2andtheenvironment.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/good-news-for-voles-part-3/ Phase 1 Station Design: http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/15224399.National_news__HS2_rail_project_seeks_architects__designers_and_developers/ – syndicated article https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/53180/hs2-seeks-station-designers-as-peer-calls-for-audit-of-costs – subscriber access only, not available from Google Air Pollution: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/with-hs2-the-health-concerns-of-air-pollution-must-be-addressed-for-camden-people Ancient Woodland: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/news/new-report-says-hs2-will-destroy-ancient-hucknall-woods-1-8490566 CH2M / Mace / HS2: http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/yoursay/letters/15223631.Has_it_been_evaluated_/ – also published by other local papers Crossrail 2 & HS2: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/london-and-south-east-councils-unite-to-back-crucial-crossrail-2-a3514341.html http://www.chingfordtimes.co.uk/article.cfm?id=108503&headline=London%20councils%20call%20on%20government%20for%20Crossrail%20two%20backing%20-%20connecting%20Tottenham%20Hale%20and%20South%20West%20London§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017 https://transport-network.co.uk/London-and-SE-councils-tell-Govt-to-commit-to-Crossrail-2/13994 Engineering Skills / Education: http://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/new-institute-for-high-speed-rail-engineering-at-leeds https://www.matchtech.com/Rail-remains-upbeat-over-future http://www.blmforum.net/mag/steel-donation-will-help-create-rail-engineers-of-the-future/ http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/lincolnshire-s-manufacturing-diversity-is-putting-it-on-the-map/story-30135456-detail/story.html Events: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee0odulkf1989f82&oseq=&c=&ch= https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/events/hs2-enabling-works-meet-the-contractor-day http://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/?p=15380 – Reminder deadline 18 April for IHBC member opportunity for HS2 HS2 Costs: http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/your-say/letter-hs2-millstone-1-8489732 https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/53171/hs2-easier-to-cost-accurately-than-rail-enhancements- – subscriber access only, not available from Google Train Manufacturers: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/why-derby-s-bombardier-is-no-stranger-to-working-with-rivals/story-30266861-detail/story.html Other: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/citys-first-three-day-rock-12884102 http://www.vikieshanks.com/hs2-a-catastrophic-white-elephant-thats-trampling-all-over-us-and-you/ http://camdennewjournal.com/article/now-we-are-leaving-the-eu-lets-ditch-its-hs2-plan-too http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/12/technology/germany-hydrogen-powered-train/index.html http://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/yoursay/letters/15223542.We___re_not_all_in_it_together/ – also published by other local papers http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/chesterfield-champion-the-locals-are-warm-open-and-very-down-to-earth-1-8492694 https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/borough-mps-issue-hands-off-our-greenbelt-warning-to-wmca-candidate/ http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/yoursay/letters/15220322.Car_park_charges_idea_is_a_cash_cow/ – also published by other local papers https://www.journalism.co.uk/media-jobs/news-editor-construction-news/s75/a702612/ http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/west-midlands-traffic-jams-mayor-12891192 http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-features/technology/exciting-times-ahead-as-spacex-inspires-uk-to-join-space-race/153792/ https://www.buyassociation.co.uk/2017/04/13/strong-northern-housing-market/ https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/weston-williamson-picked-for-hs2s-east-midlands-hub/10019058.article Weston Williamson picked for HS2’s East Midlands Hub http://www.hortweek.com/major-infrastructure-opportunities-landscapers/landscape/article/1430382 Major infrastructure opportunities for landscapers https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/events/cn-summit/top-clients-sign-up-to-cn-summit-2017/10018828.article Top clients sign up to CN Summit 2017 Sarah Green has sent a link to the Colne Valley event held on 8 April: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2lT9SjYtc8&t=19s – Dance for the Trees/Stop HS2 – 8:43 minutes https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/hs2-ch2m-contract-16-17/
|HS2: CH2M contract one-off sessionwww.parliament.ukTransport Committee’s one-off evidence session on CH2M’s decision to withdraw HS2 contract|
|Landowner Wins Compensation Court Battle Against HS2stophs2.orgA landowner has won a landmark tribunal on compensation rights against HS2 Ltd, who were trying to claim that not all of their landholding should be bought out by Government. The Lands Tribunal has come down in favour of an unnamed Landowner after two day …|
Phase 1 Station Design: http://www.railway-technology.com/news/newsdeals-this-week-balfour-beatty-crrc-nanjing-puzhen-rail-transport-hs2-5785304 Ancient Woodland: http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/calls-to-rethink-hs2-route-or-risk-losing-irreplaceable-woods/story-30267317-detail/story.html CH2M / Mace / HS2: http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/15223529.Government_quizzed_by_Mid_Cheshire_Against_HS2_over_withdrawal_of_firm/ – also published by other local papers https://hs2andtheenvironment.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/good-news-for-voles-part-2/ https://prestudentconversation.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/ethical-arguments-around-hs2/ – pretty pointless to use figures of the cost of Phase 1 from 2013 – £19.4bn!!!
|Ethical arguments around HS2prestudentconversation.wordpress.comConstruction of a new high speed railway line through predominantly rural  areas, with stage 1 linking London to Birmingham. Phase 1’s cost is estimated at £19.4 billion  and is funded by gov…|
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/09/john-mcdonnell-blames-media-and-internal-splits-for-labours-poll-misery https://www.ft.com/content/f38eb0c6-0329-11e7-aa5b-6bb07f5c8e12 Closing the gender gap needs support from the boss https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-design-vision
|HS2 Design Vision – GOV.UKwww.gov.ukThis Design Vision sets out the role that design can play in making High Speed Two a catalyst for growth across Britain.|
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/607020/HS2_Design_Vision_Booklet.pdf – 26 pages https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-exceptional-hardship-scheme-applications-statistics – updated 6/4/17 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/568944/NTS_Panel_membership_Nov_2016.pdf – 3 pages https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/568959/Need_to_sell_scheme_-_panel_guidancev.pdf – 19 pages https://cedrec.com/whats-new/summary/regulation/si/26032/index_s.htm http://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/news/construction-news/releases-latest-regional-hs2-ebooks/ Phase 2: http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/villagers-calling-for-evacuation-exercise-before-hs2-gets-going/story-30252071-detail/story.html http://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/ebooks/hs2-north-2/ – 28 pages – mostly the same as South, with 2 pages on HS3 CH2M / Mace / HS2: https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2017-04-05/debates/EA40812D-0830-439E-B2F7-B4F9E463753C/HS2AndCH2M – also available from: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2017-04-05a.1053.1&s=speaker%3A13505 – HS2 and CH2M – Question/ 5 Apr 2017/ House of Lords debates https://www.pressreader.com/uk/yorkshire-post/20170406/281822873650067 – No inquiry over £170m HS2 deal http://www.railway-technology.com/features/featuremarchs-top-stories-trimble-and-railhead-deal-ch2m-withdraws-from-hs2-contract-5779841/ Landscape destruction: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/environment/hs2-will-bring-trail-destruction-norths-ancient-woodlands-campaigners-warn/ http://www.hortweek.com/ancient-woodland-threatened-second-phase-hs2-says-woodland-trust/arboriculture/article/1429903 http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/news/2017/04/05/farewell-park-hall-nature-reserve