Maverick railway engineers from Yorkshire hoping to stop HS2 in its tracks

Two railway engineers from Yorkshire believe they have come up with an alternative to HS2 which could save £20bn. Chris Burn reports on their fight to convince the Government.

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Will HS2 benefit Leeds?

YP Letters: HS2 will not make it past Birmingham

From: Harry Bendon, Leeds.

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Should HS2 be scrapped to pay for Brexit?

Chloe Westley: Axe HS2 to save taxpayers’ Brexit bill

REPORTS suggest that the Government has agreed to a financial settlement with the EU of up to £50bn. Given the incessant negative coverage of Brexit in the broadcast media – even when the underlying conditions are not the disaster that was predicted – it was refreshing to hear that there was progress with talks.

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A protest against the HS2 'M18 route' in South Yorkshire

Changing tracks on HS2: How David Higgins hopes economic case will change opposition in Yorkshire

HS2’s chairman believes new research claiming high-speed rail will help tackle Yorkshire’s productivity crisis can change minds about the divisive scheme. Chris Burn reports.
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A revamped Leeds railway station is at the heart of city centre regeneration plans.

Delivering HS2 'essential to £350m Leeds city centre regeneration plan'

Delivering HS2 is “essential” to the success of plans to double the size of Leeds city centre and provide 35,000 jobs, the development director of the regeneration scheme has said.
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David Higgins, chairman of HS2, says local leaders must decide location of a planned parkway station

HS2 boss: South Yorkshire politicians must decide 'M18 route' parkway station location

The man in charge of HS2 has said a new parkway station on Yorkshire’s high-speed rail route “should happen” – but has warned it is down to local leaders to agree its location following a bitter row over the location of Sheffield’s site.
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Many people feel Transport Secretary Chris Grayling's rail strategy is flawed. (PA).

YP Letters: Grayling’s case against rail is flawed

From: William Wallace, (Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Saltaire).

Is Transport Secretary Chris Grayling doing enough for the North? (JPress).

YP Letters: Strange that cash can be found for electrifying lines in South

From: ME Wright, Harrogate.

London to Leeds in less than 30 minutes? That’s space age talk!

London to Leeds in less than 30 minutes? That’s space age talk!

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie.

But a major think tank has today urged the government to scrap HS2 in favour of superfast pods that it says could really narrow the North-South divide - and slash the Leeds to London journey time to just 30 minutes.

There has been widespread opposition to the new HS2 route through South Yorkshire. Picture: Tony Johnson

Exclusive: HS2 faces paying compensation to 1,300 homes and businesses in South Yorkshire

HS2 is facing paying compensation to people and businesses in almost 1,300 properties along its revised route through South Yorkshire, an expert report has suggested.

Wrong side of the tracks: The Yorkshire businesses facing ruin because of HS2

Wrong side of the tracks: The Yorkshire businesses facing ruin because of HS2

Riding school owners and a couple who renovated a 16th-century farmhouse are among those in limbo over the HS2 line due to demolish their properties. Chris Burn reports.

Will HS2 benefit Leeds?

YP Letters: Grayling has failed to justify why North misses out on rail

From: Councillors Andy Pickering, Bev Chapman, Sean Gibbons, Mexborough Ward, Doncaster Council.

Is the economy of the North being put in a siding? (PA).

YP Letters: Northern economy has been put in a siding

From: Councillor Neil Dawson, Morley South (Lab).

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling when he was on the election campaign trail in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire bosses tell Government it must keep promises on transport

Business leaders across Yorkshire have delivered an unequivocal message to Government that it must fulfil its promises to deliver much needed transport infrastructure programmes for the north.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says the Government wont let the North down.

The Yorkshire Post says: Chris Grayling must provide a definitive plan and timetable

Ministers have not only been accused of backtracking over broken pledges to electrify a key rail route between Yorkshire and London, they stand accused of failing to provide the infrastructure spending crucial to the future success of the North’s economy, in favour of a new £30bn Crossrail scheme in the capital.

The merits of HS2 has divided public opinion.

YP Letters: HS2 so much more than a vanity project

From: Ken Redshaw, Harrogate.

The planned upgrade of the main line connecting Sheffield to London has been scrapped, sparking widespread criticism. (JPress).

YP Comment: Rail users are betrayed again - Broken promise on £500m plan

The Government’s cancellation of the planned upgrade of a key railway line between Yorkshire and London represents nothing less than a £500m broken promise to this county and its long-suffering train passengers.

The Shimmer Estate in Mexborough which is to be demolished to make way for HS2. (Picture Scott Merrylees).

Jayne Dowle: HS2 on wrong track if it fails to spread the benefit

Am I the only one missing a connection? In all the arguments I’ve had on the subject of HS2, the major plus-point I’ve accepted is that we would end up with a new station here in South Yorkshire to whizz us directly to London in super-fast time. And of course, to whizz London directly to us, so that we can all enjoy mutual economic, employment, social and cultural opportunities.

HS2 and HS3

YP Letters: HS2 will bring benefits for rail in North

From: Paul Maynard, Transport Minister, Department for Transport.

Jes Staley Barclays

Barclays boss backs greater co-operation between Northern cities as “very intelligent”

The case for a high speed rail network to link up northern cities is “very compelling”, according to the chief executive of banking giant Barclays.

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