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HS2 waiting on Shapps approval to award maligned £2.75bn rolling stock contract

HS2 Ltd is waiting on transport secretary Grant Shapps to approve its preferred bidder to supply trains for the High Speed 2 (HS2) network. It has emerged that HS2 Ltd’s board sent its decision to Shapps for approval months ago, according to September board minutes that have just been made public.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

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  • Wednesday briefing: Growing Tory clamour for No 10 shake-uprustrations with No 10’s leadership are growing in the Treasury, with Rishi Sunak’s department understood to be concerned about the prime minister’s fumbled timing of decisions. Delayed announcements of the £96bn integrated rail plan and the social care cap have brought scorn and negative coverage for the government, while votes for government policies have been shunned by Tory MPs in parliament.

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  • Politicians blamed for 'abject failure' over rail services in HullAn independent rail consultant has accused the region's politicians of "abject failure" over Transport for the North. Set up by the government in 2018, the statutory body was the first of its kind and brought together council and transport leaders across to the North to map out priorities for future investment.

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  • Freight objections to passengers in WalesA much-improved passenger service connecting communities in Wales and England may not go ahead unless a solution can be found to accommodate rail freight. Despite new trains already on delivery, willingness from the devolved government in Cardiff, and cooperation from local authority leaders in England, the needs of existing freight operators may have been overlooked. As a result, an objection has been lodged, with freight effectively stopping progress in its tracks
  • Crossrail likely to need at least another £150m to finishCrossrail is likely to need at least £150m to finish, Transport for London documents have revealed.
  • Hopes raised that Oswestry rail line 'could reopen within three years'A mothballed railway line through Oswestry and Gobowen could open within three years if it is proved to be viable, the rail minister said.
  • Transport for the North Board Integrated Rail Plan response live press conferenceTransport for the North is holding a Press Conference at the Queen’s Hotel, in Leeds, at 1330hrs on Wednesday 24 November.
  • The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: another big-ticket project Boris looks set to abandonOne by one they fall. HS2 has gone in the form it was billed. There will be no bridge or tunnel from Northern Ireland to Scotland. Before that, of course, we had the idea for a London airport built on an island in the Thames Estuary and the Garden Bridge. There was talk, too, of an English Channel bridge. Word reaches me that the latest, to have its future heavily questioned in the recesses of Whitehall is the Oxford-Cambridge Arc or as it is known within government, OxCam Arc or the Arc.

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