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Councils publish pothole battle plans


Local authorities have published which pothole-stricken roads will benefit from the first tranche of an over £8bn package of reallocated HS2 funding.

Councils support HS2 ‘green route’


A new active travel route from Birmingham to Coventry along the HS2 line is a ‘no brainer’, West Midlands mayor Andy Street has said.

London boroughs’ share of HS2 pothole fund confirmed


Allocations for a £235m funding pot aimed at fixing London’s pothole-strewn roads have been confirmed by the Government.

Council warns of S114 risk over HS2 costs


Cheshire East Council has warned that it may have to issue a section 114 notice after spending £11m preparing for HS2, as it continues to press for compensation.

Autumn Statement 2023: Where does all the HS2 money go now?


Jessica Bowles, director of strategic partnerships and impact at Bruntwood, discusses the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

£8bn of HS2 savings to be spent on ending pothole ‘blight’


Transport secretary Mark Harper has confirmed the allocations of an £8.3bn plan to resurface England’s pothole-marked roads, set out in the wake of HS2 cuts.

Council ‘saddened’ by proposed job cuts at rail factory


A council leader has urged ministers to commit to the industrial sector after the UK’s largest rail assembly factory announced 1,330 jobs are at risk in Derby.

New Bradford station 'one step closer' with £400k award


The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Bradford Council £400,000 ‘to kickstart master planning’ on a new railway station.

DfT teases more detail on multi-billion roads spending plans


The Department for Transport has given fresh detail on the £8.3bn of ‘additional’ local highway maintenance funding due to HS2 cuts.

AA seeks new pothole cash as councils face cut


Councils ‘desperately need’ more highway maintenance funding to address the deteriorating condition of local roads, the AA has said after its worst September fixing ‘pothole-related’ breakdowns for five years.

Councils await clarity on top-up cash for major schemes


A number of major local road schemes are hanging in the balance while authorities are left unsure if ministers will stump up the extra cash pledged in the wake of cutting back HS2.

Council seeks HS2 compensation over 'levelling down'


Cheshire East Council is pursuing compensation over the Government’s decision to scrap HS2 north of Birmingham.

Firms want clarity as DfT hands out £150m for buses


Bus operators have expressed frustration over the Government’s pledge to allocate £1bn of redirected HS2 cash for bus improvements in the North and Midlands.

No dates for HS2 pothole cash


The Government has admitted it does not have a timescale for the billions of pounds for road resurfacing that it announced after the decision to curtail HS2.

Sunak confirms HS2 Manchester leg axed


Rishi Sunak has confirmed the cancellation of the HS2 north of Birmingham but has said that the high speed rail line will still go to Euston.

‘Levelling up? my a**e’: HS2 faces new axe threat


Contractors have reacted furiously to reports that ministers are considering cancelling the second phase of HS2, which is due to take the high speed rail line to Manchester.

Mayors call for Northern ‘New Deal’


Mayors and business leaders are set to urge the main political parties to put the North of England at the heart of their 2024 general election manifestos.

Council and HS2 at loggerheads over tree felling


Buckinghamshire council has served a tree preservation order on HS2 Ltd after discovering that the company was cutting down trees in a SSSI.

HS2 future in doubt


The future of the flagship rail HS2 project linking the north and south appears in doubt after the Government refused to confirm it will reach central London.

Bucks backs down on HS2 routes after court loss


Buckinghamshire Council will not appeal after the High Court backed a decision by planning inspectors to allow ‘environmentally damaging’ HS2 lorry routes.

Councils urges rethink of overground HS2 station


An underground station to accommodate HS2 in Manchester would deliver economic benefits worth £333m a year more than the current overground plan, new analysis has found.

Bucks takes dispute over HS2 lorry routes to court


Buckinghamshire Council has issued High Court challenges against six decisions by the Planning Inspectorate in a dispute over lorry routes for HS2 construction.

Regions losing faith in levelling-up agenda, survey reveals


Only a fifth of people from the Midlands and the North think the Government is doing enough to level up the economy, according to a new study.

TV presenter launches legal challenge against ‘vanity project’ HS2


The TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has launched a legal challenge against HS2 in order to stop the ‘largest deforestation project’ since WWI.

HS2 based on false prospectus, Berkeley claims


HS2 will cost at least £107bn to complete and its business case is based on unrealistic claims about how many trains could run on the new line, according to the former deputy chair of the Government’s review into the scheme.

Oakervee report 'backs full HS2 network'


The Oakervee review into HS2, commissioned by the government, has recommended the full high speed rail network go ahead including the eastern leg, according to reports.

North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of HS2, report says


A review of HS2 has warned against stopping work on the high-speed network and insisted that the North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of the project.

Not so fast - HS2 could be cut at both ends


Council leaders in West Yorkshire have warned of ‘grave consequences’ after it was reported that the leg of HS2 from the Midlands to Leeds could be axed.

Woodland clearances for HS2 temporarily halted


The Government has called a temporary and conditional halt to the removal of ancient woodlands for HS2 while the high speed train programme is reviewed.

PM urged to invest over £45m in the Midlands rail network


The Prime Minister has been urged to get behind a multi-billion pound plan to ‘supercharge’ the Midland’s economy by reforming its rail network.

HS2 proposals could bring £1.4bn of benefits, Midlands transport body says


New plans submitted to the review of the controversial HS2 scheme propose directly connecting the city centres of Birmingham and Nottingham and Leicester and Leeds with high speed trains.

Council leaders calls for green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail


Council leaders have joined a new campaign to ensure the Government goes ahead with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

Northern leaders to review controversial HS2 scheme


The Northern Powerhouse Partnership will hold a review into HS2 to ensure the North is ‘properly heard’ in the Government-commissioned review of the scheme.

Whitehall warned not to ‘scrap’ HS2 as review announced


The Government has announced an independent review into ‘whether and how’ the HS2 programme should proceed.

MPs call for more commitment to transport in the North


A group of over 80 Parliamentarians have written to the Chancellor arguing that the Government does not have to choose between HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail because ‘we need both’.

What does High Speed Rail really mean to you?


Craig Wakeman, programme manager for the West Midlands Combined Authority’s HS2 Growth Delivery team, explains the real impacts HS2 will have.

Extra £8m HS2 funding for environmental projects


A 'green corridor' will be created alongside the HS2 high-speed railway to create a network of environmental projects from the capital to the north of England, it has been announced.

‘Improved connectivity’ will close economic gap between regions, says HS2 company


Improved connectivity will drive growth across much of the UK and help close the gap between the best and worst performing regions, according to a new study.

Winners of £6.6bn HS2 contracts announced


Ministers have announced the winning bidders to help build the first phase of HS2, awarding contracts expected to be worth £6.6bn.

Engineering giant pulls out of £170m HS2 contract


HS2 Ltd welcomed a decision by engineering giant CH2M to pull out of a development contract worth £170m after rivals raised conflict of interest concerns.

HS2 to be given ‘green light’


HS2 is to be given the go-ahead today in a move supporters hope will deliver an additional £14bn to the UK economy.

Government pledges to press ahead with HS2


The Government has confirmed its commitment to pressing ahead with HS2, arguing a high speed railway is vital for boosting jobs and regeneration along the route.

Public still ‘in the dark’ over HS2, MPs say


More information on the costs and impact of the HS2 rail project must be made available, MPs have demanded.

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