Monthly Archives: October 2011

HS2 – ‘It’s impossible not to see the benefits’

‘It’s impossible not to see the benefits these projects can bring,’ Transport Secretary Justine Greening told the House of Commons Transport Committee. Ms Greening, who took over from Philip Hammond last Friday (October 14), also indicated the date for a … Continue reading

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Rail passenger numbers keep on rising, despite internet growth

A regular criticism of HS2 is that remote working is reducing the need for travel and allowing workers to be equally productive in and out of the office. Yesterday morning Steve Baker MP, who was one of the opponents calling … Continue reading

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‘Not just speed, but fundamentally capacity’ – Commons debate on HS2

MPs opposing HS2 suggested a new freight line, high speed rail elsewhere, or even a new line should be built from London to Milton Keynes. It’s incredibly confusing and not the united front or coordinated assault opposition groups doubtless anticipated. … Continue reading

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Business understands the need for HS2 perfectly

It’s disappointing to hear North Warwickshire and Bedworth MP Dan Byles say there is no economic evidence to back up HS2. An independent report by KPMG concludes that HS2 will bring 22,000 jobs and £1.5bn per year to the West … Continue reading

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HS2 is the only long-term solution for Britain’s railways

Transport Minister Theresa Villiers has again made clear the Government is committed to building HS2. It must be a great disappointment for opponents who doubtless hoped to ruffle a few feathers during party conference season. However, all three major political … Continue reading

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West Midlands businesses hail cross party support for HS2

Business leader Jerry Blackett says that cross party support for HS2 coming to the West Midlands is terrific news for the region’s business community. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce chief executive Mr Blackett said he was delighted all three parties agreed … Continue reading

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The West Midlands does not lose out – misleading claims from HS2 opponents

HS2 has received the full backing of all three major political parties during conference season, so it’s probably not surprising there have been more misleading claims from opponents. High Speed 2 opponent Jerry Marshall told the Birmingham Mail that services … Continue reading

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