20 September, 2016
Updating earlier work for for Greengauge 21, Albion Economics has released projections of the jobs and a apprenticeships that HS2 Phase 1 will create. The report explains that 14,400 of these jobs lie in works already out for tender for the main civil engineering works.
The report can be accessed here: HS2 Employment Report
15 January, 2016
With more official data available to them, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has developed a series of interactive maps to help people understand the countryside better. Covering elements such as road noise and specific countryside protections, these maps also cover the maintenance and operational aspects of HS2, including the land requirements for Phase 1 and 2, and, for example, how the proposed planting will reduce the visual impact of the line over time. You can access the interactive maps here: http://maps.cpre.org.uk/
6 January, 2016
The new National Infrastructure Commission intends, before next year’s Budget, to publish on three national challenges:
- Improving connectivity between cities in the north of England
- Large-scale transport infrastructure improvements in London
- Improving how electricity demand and supply are balanced
As part of a process of engagement with government (both local and national), regulators, infrastructure owners and operators, and the wider transport and energy industries, the Commission has put out a call for evidence, which sets out the key questions for each of the three reports. Further details on the consultation can be found here.
Greengauge 21 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence. Our responses are available below:
Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on Northern City Connectivity
Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on London’s Transport Infrastructure
8 December, 2015
On November 30th 2015, the Secretary of State for Transport set out the progress being made with HS2, showing strong support in the Spending Review with a revised budget at £55.7bn in updated (2015) prices for the whole project. A raft of papers was released by DfT and HS2 Ltd in support of these announcements.
The Secretary of State identified three major new developments:
1. Confirmation of the Government’s intention to accelerate the route from Fradley in the West Midlands to Crewe (‘Phase 2a’) so that it opens six years earlier than planned, in 2027.
2. The release of Government funding to support the work of the Northern Gateway Partnership2 to develop its growth and regeneration plans.
3. Commitment to the full Y network, with Government undertaking the further technical and economic analysis required for decisions on the rest of the Phase 2 route (‘Phase 2b’) to be made in autumn 2016.
He also announced an improved proposal for the HS2 station at Leeds, which will now be integrated with the existing central Leeds City station.
Our latest publication summarises in turn the key points in relation to Phase 2a, Phase 2b and (briefly) the implications for Phase 1. Download the publication here: November 2015 marks a major milestone for HS2
27 July, 2015
An agreement to cut train journeys from Scotland to London to three hours by bringing high-speed rail north of the Border is in the offing between the UK and Scottish governments.
The deal could involve a combination of upgrading existing tracks and building new high-speed lines, targeting sections of new line, built for higher speed, to provide the extra line capacity where necessary.
A spokesperson from the Scottish Government said “The Scottish Government and the Department for Transport (DfT) continue to work together and we are optimistic about seeing a joint, positive announcement as the outcome of these talks.”
Read Alastair Dalton’s full article in The Scotsman here.