Useful links

With thanks to Andrea Polden.

High Speed Two (HS2) Phase Two PFM v7.1 Step-through …

High 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 …

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds arms of the railway will be confirmed later.




Phase 1:




Phase 2a:




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:




Autumn Budget: – syndicated article – syndicated article




Carillion pensioners to swallow stake in 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 2a:




Phase 2b – eastern route:




HS2 Stations: – not seen before, but now too late for the consultation








NCHSR: – (I think he means ‘overvalued’!)




Northern Powerhouse:




Other:£331m-of-acquisitions/5093148.article – subscriber access only, not available from Google


HS2 finance chief quits over redundancy payments

HS2 executive resigns over nearly £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 TaxPayers’ 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.

Yours sincerely,

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.





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Phase 2b:








Events: – also published by other local papers




Northern Powerhouse:



Phase 2b – western route: – also published by other local papers

Tatton MP puts the case for opening mid Cheshire links to the rail GOVERNMENT minister has vowed to pursue unlocking rail lines in Knutsford and mid Cheshire following a meeting with residents, businesses and…





HS3 / Northern Powerhouse:





Other: – HIGH SPEED TWO (HS2) LIMITED – Officers
 – 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 ‘Northern Powerhouse’ push





Phase 1:




Phase 2a: – updated 3/8/17 – Details of public events added

Phase 2b – western route: – also published by other local papers





HS2 Contracts:





HS2 Stations:





Disparity of Transport Programmes:










Northern Powerhouse:
 – 25 pages – updated 9/6/17 – 3 pages – 19 pages – updated 9/6/17
 – updated 9/6/17 – 9 pages – 99 pages – 15 pages – 14 pages – 20 pages





Phase 1:





General Election Results:





Other: – also published by other local papers’%20plans%20to%20improve%20the%20lives%20of%20residents&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

Theresa May commits to delivering HS2 rail had been speculation the Prime Minister would drop the new north-south railway from the Conservatives´ General Election manifesto.





NCHSR: – British Steel support for HS2 College

British Steel support for HS2 College – Machinery Market Steel ( 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.





Train manufacturers – 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


General Election: – see also the Survey in Joe’s urgent message below – Minister insists HS2 will not be cancelled – see comments at 18:26





HS2 / CH2M / Mace





Train Manufacturers:





West Coast Partnership franchise: – Press Association syndicated article–2636499.html–2636492.html – updated 13/4/17

HS2 contract opportunities – 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’ A south Bucks MP, who is celebrating 25 years in the role, has spoken out about her “fantastic” constituency and its “kind and generous”…       Phase 1 Station Design: – syndicated article – subscriber access only, not available from Google       Air Pollution:       Ancient Woodland:       CH2M / Mace / HS2: – also published by other local papers       Crossrail 2 & HS2:       Engineering Skills / Education:       Events: – Reminder deadline 18 April for IHBC member opportunity for HS2       HS2 Costs: – subscriber access only, not available from Google       Train Manufacturers:       Other: – also published by other local papers –  also published by other local papers Weston Williamson picked for HS2’s East Midlands Hub Major infrastructure opportunities for landscapers Top clients sign up to CN Summit 2017       Sarah Green has sent a link to the Colne Valley event held on 8 April: – Dance for the Trees/Stop HS2 – 8:43 minutes

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:       Ancient Woodland:       CH2M / Mace / HS2: – also published by other local papers      – 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 [1] areas, with stage 1 linking London to Birmingham. Phase 1’s cost is estimated at £19.4 billion [2] and is funded by gov…  Closing the gender gap needs support from the boss

HS2 Design Vision – Design Vision sets out the role that design can play in making High Speed Two a catalyst for growth across Britain. – 26 pages – updated 6/4/17 – 3 pages – 19 pages         Phase 2: – 28 pages – mostly the same as South, with 2 pages on HS3         CH2M / Mace / HS2: – also available from: – HS2 and CH2M – Question/ 5 Apr 2017/ House of Lords debates – No inquiry over £170m HS2 deal     Landscape destruction: