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    1. July 23, 2015

      Birmingham seeks £3.3bn boost to exploit HS2 rail link

      Birmingham is seeking £3.3bn of government investment to exploit the economic opportunity offered by the planned HS2...

    2. June 30, 2015

      How modern politics gives HS2 plan an easy ride

      In the 1980s privatisation was the big new idea in economic policy. I posed a question over a drink one evening to a...

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    1. June 12, 2015

      Ofcom puts squeeze on BT over cost of high-speed business lines

      British businesses would enjoy “significant” savings on mobile and broadband bills under proposals unveiled on Friday...

    2. May 15, 2015

      Folly of a £50bn HS2 project must hit the buffers

      You might think that the biggest infrastructure project in modern Britain would have merited a few minutes discussion...

    3. March 31, 2015

      Ed Balls stokes uncertainty over high speed rail project

      Ed Balls has stoked uncertainty surrounding HS2 , suggesting that a new trans-Pennine rail route [HS3] could be built...

    4. March 31, 2015

      Birmingham Bullring’s Hammerson snaps up plot next to HS2 site

      The company that owns Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre has taken over one of the biggest development sites in the...

    5. March 20, 2015

      High-speed train arriving at Crewe due six years early

      High Speed 2 could reach the north ahead of its 2033 schedule under plans for the £50bn railway line being put forward...

    6. March 10, 2015

      Heathrow link to HS2 ruled out before 2033

      The government has ruled out building a link connecting Heathrow airport to the High Speed 2 line between London and...

    7. February 13, 2015

      End of the line for HS2

      Sir, I learnt with delight that David Cameron has announced to MPs that there will be free WiFi on all trains by 2017....

    8. February 1, 2015

      Battle over HS2 ‘gravy’ train intensifies

      In the decade until 2010, One Canada Square held the record as the tallest skyscraper in Britain. But since October,...

    9. January 16, 2015

      HS2 expands resident compensation scheme

      More homeowners living near the path of the proposed high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham will be able to...

    10. January 15, 2015

      MPs doubt high speed rail scheme will give value for money

      The £50bn high speed two rail project is unlikely to provide value for money, a cross party group of MPs says in a...

    11. December 8, 2014

      Temasek buys stake in high-speed trader

      Temasek, the Singaporean state investment company, has made a further bet on the technology that is overhauling trading...

    12. November 17, 2014

      Qatar looks to back UK high-speed train plan

      The Qatari royal family has told British ministers it wants to invest heavily in regeneration projects being planned...

    13. November 17, 2014

      HS2 chairman threatens 2016 walkout

      The man credited with getting the UK’s proposed high-speed rail line back on track threatened to walk away in 15...

    14. October 27, 2014

      Tories eye £7bn Manchester-Leeds fast rail link

      A fast-train line connecting Manchester and Leeds could open before the proposed HS2 high-speed line linking London...

    15. October 26, 2014

      HS2 hailed a ‘catalyst’ for northern growth and other rail links

      Britain’s proposed high-speed north-south rail line is a catalyst for a much bigger process of economic change that...

    16. October 22, 2014

      HS2 chief to rule out changes in attempt to keep budget on track

      Sir David Higgins is expected to rule out big changes to the UK’s proposed north-south high-speed rail line as he...

    17. October 21, 2014

      Transport deemed more important than devolution

      The north and Midlands should have their own smart card modelled on London’s Oyster to allow workers to move between...

    18. October 13, 2014

      UK high-speed railway line contest for £10bn in contracts begins

      Lucrative work for the UK’s proposed high-speed railway line will be launched this week when HS2, the company set up to...

    19. July 21, 2014

      Birmingham named as HS2 headquarters

      Birmingham is to become the new headquarters for HS2 construction, creating up to 1,500 jobs, while the city aims to...

    20. July 1, 2014

      High-speed rail line opponents fear exclusion from Commons committee

      The biggest anti-HS2 campaign groups risk being barred from presenting their case against the high-speed rail line to...

    21. June 23, 2014

      Germany's Ruhr maps out supercity blueprint

      George Osborne’s plan for a supercity in the north of England has drawn comparisons with Germany’s Ruhr valley: a...

    22. June 23, 2014

      George Osborne to propose Leeds-Manchester ‘HS3’ rail link

      On Monday the UK chancellor will float the idea of building a high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds as part...

    23. June 20, 2014

      ‘Crossrail of the North’ suggested to boost economic integration

      Lay a London Underground map on the north of England, and the length of the Central Line stretches from Manchester to...

    24. May 7, 2014

      House Rules: property law, HS2 and renewable heating

      1. HS2 – route to riches? I’m worried that the prospect of the HS2 rail line being built near where I live will make it...

    25. Off Message

      April 29, 2014

      'HS2 is just one big punt'

      Christian Wolmar has written a short history of High Speed Rail 2 for the London Review of Books. “What is the point of...

    26. April 28, 2014

      HS2 bill takes express route through Commons

      The bill to push through the controversial HS2 rail line has passed its latest parliamentary stage overwhelmingly. MPs...

    27. April 25, 2014

      HS2 UK rail project faces amber signals in court and parliament

      The controversial HS2 high-speed rail project from London to Birmingham and the north is facing fresh challenges in...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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