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Stop HS2 campaigners deliver petition

14.10.11: Stop HS2 campaigners have delivered a petition with around 108,000 signatures to Downing St. The petition was initially started to secure a parliamentary debate in the main chamber, which is due to happen on Thursday. The £17bn scheme...

Merseytravel calls for link to Liverpool

26.08.11: Merseytravel has called for a rethink of the HS2 route plans in its response to the DfT consultation. It wants to include a link straight to Liverpool, as well as a network of other cities. The authority fears that under the current proposa...

Greengauge21 report to improve HS2

19.08.11: An analysis by Greengauge21 has been published today, with recommendations on improving HS2. The report was submitted to the Government’s consultation on the project before the July 29 deadline, and is now available to the public. ...

Motorists unconcerned with speed of rail

05.08.11: A survey in Birmingham found that only 3% of motorists would be persuaded to switch to HS2 because of the speed. Motoring organisation the AA polled 16,850 members in Birmingham to uncover their thoughts on the proposed rail link to London. ...

Yes campaign responds to Johnson

05.08.11: The Yes to High Speed Rail campaign has responded to comments made by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in his official response to the Department for Transport. Johnson stated that aspects of the route were “unacceptable” and expressed...

HS2 ‘Y-shape’ branches to be built simultaneously, says Hammond

29.07.11: The second phase of HS2, the links from Birmingham north to Manchester and Leeds, will be built “at the same time”, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed. He made the comments during a trip to Sheffield, telling the B...

HS2 procurement process starts as consultation ends

HS2 procurement process starts as consultation ends

29.07.11: Today is the final day of the HS2 public consultation – one of the biggest ever undertaken in the UK. It is possible to comment online on the Department for Transport’s high-speed rail website until midnight tonight. A fina...

PwC report suggests HS2 will provide healthy return on investment

29.07.11: A new economic analysis of the London-Birmingham phase of the HS2 project suggests it could produce between £6bn to £7bn as a return on the £13.9bn investment. PwC, which did the analysis for pro-HS2 think tank Greengauge...

Camden expected to formalise opposition to HS2

15.07.11: Camden Council has concluded that HS2 would have a “substantial negative impact” on the borough. This is primarily because of the proposed expansion of Euston station, which would force the demolition of 216 homes and at least 2...

‘Capacity crunch’ predicted in West Midlands

08.07.11: High-speed rail is the best way to beat the coming ‘capacity crunch’ on the West Midlands’ railway, according to Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip. Responding to Network Rail’s WCML Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS)...

Cabinet minister publicly denounces HS2 route

24.06.11: Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has become the first member of the Cabinet to formally oppose HS2. The MP for Amersham and Chesham, through which the proposed high-speed rail link will run, submitted evidence to the Commons Transport Select C...

Experts divided on HS2, parkway stations and construction timetable

24.06.11: Transport Secretary Philip Hammond says HS2 could be the “last, best chance” to finally close the growth gap between the North and South of England. He told MPs during Transport Questions in the Commons: “I believe that it...

North-South divide in new high-speed rail posters

North-South divide in new high-speed rail posters

24.06.11: Campaigns in favour of high-speed rail have opened up a new line of argument this week, with posters running across buses, trains and transport centres in the North of England with the words: “Their lawns or our jobs?” The poste...

Report highlights ‘uncertainty’ over HS2 figures

Report highlights ‘uncertainty’ over HS2 figures

24.06.11: Anti-HS2 campaigners have jumped on the independent report on the business case for the rail scheme, published by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, as fresh evidence that its benefits will accrue to London, widening the north-sout...

More businesses back HS2

10.06.11: Business groups from two of the cities likely to be most affected by HS2 were both discussing the proposals this week. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond told business forum Birmingham Future that the project would draw investment away from...

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

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Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >