HS2 bill backed in Parliament

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Politicians have backed the second reading of the controversial HS2 Hybrid Bill in Parliament.

The vote means the contentious bill is one step closer to becoming reality and the high-speed rail link could pass through Three Rivers.

Residents living in Maple Cross and West Hyde will particularly be affected.

The government’s bill for the £50 billion railway line, which will connect London with Birmingham, was voted through at its second reading, receiving 451 votes to 50.

The bill does not guarantee that HS2 will be built, but HS2 cannot be constructed without the bill becoming law.

The government proposes to start construction in 2017, with the line between London and Birmingham due to be operational by 2026.

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2:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

garston tony says...

All that money, and seeing the track record on major projects a hell of a lot more, just so that a few business men who are apparently the target market can get to birmingham a few minutes quicker.

I dont know, maybe it is worth it but so would spending that sum of money on the whole rail/public transport network accross the country
All that money, and seeing the track record on major projects a hell of a lot more, just so that a few business men who are apparently the target market can get to birmingham a few minutes quicker. I dont know, maybe it is worth it but so would spending that sum of money on the whole rail/public transport network accross the country garston tony
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5:32pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Whatever is it that possesses politicians to group together to do stupid things when common sense cries out not to do it?

Madness.

I see Harrington voted for it. That's not surprising, he does what he is told.
Whatever is it that possesses politicians to group together to do stupid things when common sense cries out not to do it? Madness. I see Harrington voted for it. That's not surprising, he does what he is told. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
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5:20pm Thu 1 May 14

TRT says...

garston tony wrote:
All that money, and seeing the track record on major projects a hell of a lot more, just so that a few business men who are apparently the target market can get to birmingham a few minutes quicker.

I dont know, maybe it is worth it but so would spending that sum of money on the whole rail/public transport network accross the country
Allegedly the rationale for HS2 is more along the lines of removing the Virgin services from the WCML tracks so that you can fit between 6 and 9 more trains per hour in. That should mean more services from e.g. Watford to Euston and more freight, but it also means 10 years of hell for commuters using Euston whilst it is being rebuilt, it means fewer trains into London from stations between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street and it means the total loss of the few direct services left between Watford and e.g. Manchester.
Add to that the damage to the Chilterns, the cost, the fact it isn't going to link up to HS1 any more, the fact that it does nothing at all for spreading the commuter belt sprawl out across the counties and perhaps staunching the rising level of unattainable house prices at major commuting stops like Watford, Apsley etc.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: All that money, and seeing the track record on major projects a hell of a lot more, just so that a few business men who are apparently the target market can get to birmingham a few minutes quicker. I dont know, maybe it is worth it but so would spending that sum of money on the whole rail/public transport network accross the country[/p][/quote]Allegedly the rationale for HS2 is more along the lines of removing the Virgin services from the WCML tracks so that you can fit between 6 and 9 more trains per hour in. That should mean more services from e.g. Watford to Euston and more freight, but it also means 10 years of hell for commuters using Euston whilst it is being rebuilt, it means fewer trains into London from stations between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street and it means the total loss of the few direct services left between Watford and e.g. Manchester. Add to that the damage to the Chilterns, the cost, the fact it isn't going to link up to HS1 any more, the fact that it does nothing at all for spreading the commuter belt sprawl out across the counties and perhaps staunching the rising level of unattainable house prices at major commuting stops like Watford, Apsley etc. TRT
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