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  1. April 7, 2014

    Commons committee warns of environmental impact of HS2

    Tougher environmental safeguards should be imposed on HS2 to minimise irreplaceable damage, particularly to ancient...

  2. March 27, 2014

    London mayor criticises cost of HS2

    Boris Johnson has reopened the political debate about HS2 by claiming that there are many better ways to spend the money...

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  1. March 21, 2014

    No high-speed line to an oasis of prosperity

    “HS2 chief envisages benefits across north ” Financial Times, March 18 I’m buzzin’ for high-speed rail, like the rest of...

  2. March 17, 2014

    HS2 boss says it has ‘potential to transform the North’

    The new head of HS2 has set out his vision for the £50bn high speed rail line, calling for faster construction and better...

  3. March 17, 2014

    Jubilee Line extension provides inspiration for HS2 boss

    The Jubilee line extension has become the new flag waved by those who support HS2. With the benefits of the 225mph line from...

  4. March 17, 2014

    HS2 chief calls for faster construction

    The new head of the HS2 high speed rail line will tell the government on Monday that the only way to cut its £50bn budget is...

  5. March 12, 2014

    HS2 chairman finds £1.5bn savings from rail project’s budget

    The new head of HS2 has identified at least £1.5bn in potential cost savings in London alone from the project’s £50bn budget...

  6. March 12, 2014

    State spends £63m buying homes as HS2 hits house prices

    The government has spent £63m buying up 106 homes blighted by the proposed HS2 high speed rail link. Estate agents say tens...

  7. February 26, 2014

    Birmingham to announce plans for new HS2 station

    Birmingham will announce plans on Thursday for a new station for the high-speed rail project HS2, despite concerns that...

  8. February 4, 2014

    HS2 relaunch to focus on benefits to commuters

    The HS2 high speed rail project will be relaunched next month, with a public relations offensive highlighting benefits to...

  9. January 30, 2014

    Transport secretary vetoes HS2 report

    The government has vetoed the publication of an official report into HS2 that highlighted concerns about the £50bn high...

  10. January 22, 2014

    Anti-HS2 campaigners lose Supreme Court challenge

    The UK’s highest court on Wednesday swept aside the final legal challenge to HS2, the controversial £50bn high-speed rail...

  11. January 20, 2014

    HS2 compulsory purchase powers ‘threaten blight along route’

    Legislation to clear the way for HS2, Britain’s controversial new high-speed rail line, could threaten widespread blight...

  12. January 17, 2014

    HS2 construction chief to earn salary of £750,000

    A top executive from Network Rail will become head of construction of HS2, the controversial high-speed rail project, on an...

  13. January 14, 2014

    Sir David Higgins dashes hopes of big HS2 savings

    The new head of HS2 has played down expectations of delivering large savings to the £50bn budget and warned that scrapping...

  14. January 8, 2014

    China offers to finance and build rail links to HS2

    China has offered to invest in Britain’s railways for the first time by financing and building links to a new Birmingham...

  15. December 13, 2013

    MPs propose starting HS2 construction from north and south

    Plans to deliver the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and the north in two stages should be reviewed, and the...

  16. December 3, 2013

    Chinese investment in HS2 is ‘so far off’

    By Gill Plimmer and Simon Rabinovitch The picture of the Union Jack next to a portrait of the former Chinese leader Mao...

  17. December 2, 2013

    David Cameron calls for China investment in UK’s HS2

    David Cameron has opened the door to Chinese investment in the High Speed 2 rail line from London to the north. Li Keqiang,...

  18. November 26, 2013

    House rules: property law and HS2

    1. England’s High Speed Rail What’s new on HS2? On November 25, the UK government introduced the High Speed Rail...

  19. November 25, 2013

    Publication of HS2 bill likely to provoke mass opposition

    The legal battle over the proposed high-speed rail line from London to the north begins in earnest on Monday with the...

  20. November 21, 2013

    Camden Town fears trouble down the track

    The glades and valleys of the Chiltern Hills have so far provided the backdrop for opposition to Britain’s high-speed rail...

  21. November 12, 2013

    ‘Champion of big projects’ defends high-speed rail link

    Lord Heseltine will on Tuesday make an impassioned defence of the High-Speed 2 rail project, citing critics in the 1980s who...

  22. November 5, 2013

    KPMG defends key HS2 report

    The authors of a key report bolstering the £50bn high-speed rail project have defended their work in the face of intense...

  23. November 4, 2013

    Cameron looks to new HS2 chief to cut construction cost

    The budget of the £50bn high-speed rail line could fall by at least 10 per cent if the new head of the project delivers on...

  24. November 4, 2013

    David Cameron vows to cut costs of HS2 rail project

    David Cameron on Monday admitted his government had mishandled the High Speed 2 rail project but reiterated his backing for...

  25. Off Message

    November 4, 2013

    HS2 as the ultimate Northern Line - is it just an Underground extension?

    In his speech to the CBI conference, David Cameron will today say that critics of High Speed Rail 2 are resigned to leaving...

  26. October 31, 2013

    HS2 gains momentum as MPs back funding

    The planned High Speed 2 rail line from London to the north advanced on Thursday when MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour and...

  27. October 29, 2013

    HS2 argument shifts to popularity of rail travel

    When the coalition started selling the benefits of HS2 to the country, ministers were fixated by the time savings a 225mph...

  28. October 29, 2013

    A stronger case for a costly train line

    Since the UK government first announced it was pushing ahead with a new high-speed rail link between London and the north,...

  29. Off Message

    October 29, 2013

    The only cost-benefit analysis of HS2 that matters

    The UK government has published the fifth installment of the strategic case for High Speed 2. The changes to the...

  30. October 29, 2013

    Cities warn Miliband over HS2 ‘conflict’

    Ed Miliband has been told by Labour leaders in big cities in the north and Midlands that he risks “protracted conflict” in...

  31. October 25, 2013

    UK’s David Cameron signals HS2 climbdown if Labour withdraws support

    David Cameron has signalled the government could abandon its plans to build a high-speed rail line from London to the north...

  32. October 24, 2013

    Labour to consider renationalising railways

    The renationalisation of Britain’s railways is back on the table after Labour’s new shadow transport secretary said she was...

  33. October 20, 2013

    HS2 can help boost growth if planned properly, says think-tank

    The HS2 rail project can act as a catalyst for regional development but only if it is accompanied by smaller schemes to...

  34. October 19, 2013

    Minister backs HS2 amid row over benefits

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has defended the controversial HS2 project amid claims it could cost some cities...

  35. October 14, 2013

    Asda chief Andy Clarke rallies business leaders to HS2 cause

    Business leaders in the north have been urged to rally behind the proposed high speed rail line as attempts to defeat it...

  36. September 30, 2013

    Patrick McLoughlin dismisses High Speed 2 rail link critics

    Patrick McLoughlin dismissed critics of High Speed 2 as “moaning London commentators” as the transport secretary insisted...

  37. September 27, 2013

    Cameron warns north of Labour betrayal over HS2

    Labour would “betray” Yorkshire and Manchester if it abandons the planned HS2 rail line, David Cameron has said as he looks...

  38. September 26, 2013

    High speed rail chief dismisses funding delay concerns

    The head of the High Speed 2 project has dismissed fears that a delay in securing funding for the first stage of the rail...

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