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HS2 'over-priced' say transport experts

HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives a group of transport experts warns.

Southern must lose franchise after week of rail misery, says MP

An MP today called on ministers to "end the Southern misery now" after nearly a third of the rail firm's trains were late or cancelled in a single day this week.

Interview: David Horne, managing director, Virgin Trains East Coast

The rail regulator recently gave approval for First Group competing on the East Coast mainline between London and Edinburgh, where Virgin Trains East Coast is the franchisee. The 10-year track access application approved by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will enable First Group to operate from Kings Cross via Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth by 2021

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  • Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing to create hundreds of jobsAutomotive business Magna International is set to build a plant in Britain in order to supply parts for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The North American company will be creating 300 new jobs in the British market, as the new site opens in Telford, reports The Telegraph. Magna will be casting lightweight aluminium parts for JLR in the new 255,000 square foot factory, which is ready for construction this year. The first parts will be ready to come off the line and into the automotive industry in 2018, which will be used to help make cars in the country more efficient. As one of the largest suppliers ...

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  • Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slipsTram passenger satisfaction is higher than it has ever been following network improvements, the latest Transport Focus passenger survey has found. The 5,707 tram passengers, surveyed by Transport Focus in autumn 2015, gave the tram network an overall satisfaction rating of 92%, compared to 90%...
  • Transport experts call for independent review of HS2 optionsAlternatives to HS2 should be reconsidered, a group of travel experts have warned in a report saying the high-speed rail line could be five times as expensive as an equivalent railway in France. According to research led by Professor Tony May from the University of Leeds Institute for Transport...
  • DfT unveils compensation package for HS2 Phase 2a routeA property compensation and financial assistance package for owner-occupiers along the HS2 Phase 2a route between the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced today. Owners-occupiers of homes and businesses positioned from 60-120m from the railway will be offered 10% of the unblighted value of...


  • Critics call for HS2 top speed rethink to cut costs A group of academics are claiming that speeds on HS2 will be unnecessarily high, adding significantly to the costs. They are calling for an independent assessment of 'less damaging' alternatives. A major cause of their concern is the potential maximum speed of 400km/h, which the group says could be reduced to 300km/h. HS2 Ltd said cost reductions were being examined, and that the head of the civil service Jeremy Heywood is conducting an investigation.

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