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  • Oakervee Review of HS2Sets out the independent Oakervee Reviews advice to government on 'whether and how' to proceed with HS2.

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  • Oakervee report gives Boris Johnson cover for HS2 decisionHigh-speed rail line should be built in full, report says, dashing hopes of opponents
  • HS2 go-ahead leaves Heathrow's third runway up in the airFew of the arguments which won the day for a high-speed rail project apply to the airport expansion. Its never been easier to bin it
  • Boris Johnson bets on HS2 to deliver new spine of UK transportPM brushes off Tory objections and says work on laying track could begin in AprilBoris Johnson has staked his political reputation on delivering a “new anatomy of British transport” that will boost capacity and cut fares and journey times, as Downing Street seized control of the HS2 project and promised massive new spending on infrastructure.Brushing off the objections of Tory MPs who warned him that the rail scheme would become an albatross around the government’s neck, the prime minister announced on Tuesday that work on laying the track could start as soon as April. Continue reading...

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  • Major boost for bus services as PM outlines new vision for local transportBus services across the country will be transformed with simpler fares, thousands of new buses, improved routes and higher frequencies. In a statement to Parliament, the PM will announce 5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. He will set out a new vision to level up local transport connections throughout the country, making every day journeys easier, greener and more convenient. The package of investment will boost bus services by focusing on a range of priorities, set to include: Higher frequency services, including evenings and...
  • PM confirms HS2 will go ahead alongside revolution in local transportHS2 will go ahead alongside radical improvements to local transport networks all across the country, the PM has confirmed . In a statement to Parliament he set out that after careful consideration of the independent Oakervee review, the decision has been taken to proceed with HS2. With the right reforms in place, HS2 will become the spine of the countrys transport network, bringing our biggest cities closer together, boosting productivity and rebalancing opportunity fairly across the country. Alongside this, the PM outlined his vision for a revolution in local transport to ensure that ...

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  • Long-awaited Oakervee HS2 review is published The review of HS2 from former HS2 chairman Doug Oakervee has been published, to coincide with the Prime Ministers statement to MPs. He says that the advantage of HS2 is primarily that of improving capacity. Higher speeds, although still important, are not so vital. The total cost of all phases now ranges from 80.7 billion to 87.7 billion at present day values, according to the Chairmans Stocktake. But Oakervee warns that there is considerable risk that the prices for Phase One will not remain at these levels without rigorous cost controls, while the cost of Phase 2 is more uncertain...
  • Its official: Johnsons Cabinet gives HS2 the green signal Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that HS2 is going ahead. However, he has criticised the management of HS2 Ltd, particularly in its approach to local communities. Mr Johnson said: The Cabinet has given High Speed Rail the green signal. We are going to get this done. And we are taking action to restore discipline to the project. He also said Northern Powerhouse Rail will be developed.

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