The battle over HS2

The scandal of the HS2 homewreckers

The scandal of the HS2 homewreckers: Residents railroaded out of the houses they loved to make way for new high-speed line… only for it to be rerouted Dozens of homes were bought by the Government for the for the controversial … Continue reading

Make HS2 line ready for HS3

THE planned HS2 rail line through Yorkshire should be built ready to connect to future trans-Pennine high speed rail services, the company developing the scheme will be told. West Yorkshire councils are asking HS2 Ltd to include a series of … Continue reading

Campaigners to hold conference on HS2

A CONFERENCE to highlight alternatives to the controversial HS2 high speed rail scheme will take place next week. The event, at Wakefield Town Hall next Friday, is open to all and aims to cover issues related to the proposals. HS2 … Continue reading

HS2 residents will face ‘devastating impact for 17 years’, Commons told

Construction work on a long-awaited high-speed rail project will cast a shadow over the lives of some residents for 17 years, a Labour frontbencher has said. Sir Keir Starmer (Holborn and St Pancras) said the HS2 rail project would have … Continue reading

HS2 campaigners could push for judicial review

A LEGAL move has been launched to block the HS2 high speed rail route set to slice through Rotherham and the Dearne Valley. Legal experts have been asked to draw up plans to push for a judicial review against the … Continue reading

Court battle for HS2 group

Angry Dearne Valley residents are taking their fight against the controversial HS2 rail project to court…. Members of the Yorkshire Against HS2 group have applied for a judicial review into the proposed high speed rail line which could see them … Continue reading

MPs due to attend Thurcroft HS2 information event

THREE Members of Parliament are expected to attend an information event about high speed rail tomorrow (Thursday). Protest group Stop HS2 Bramley said that Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion had said they would be at the event in … Continue reading

News: “Don’t sell South Yorkshire down the river on HS2”

South Yorkshire MPs are continuing to get their message across to the Government that the recommended changes to the HS2 route do not make sense – for the region or the country. The Government is minded to approve a new … Continue reading

HS2 event set up by parish council

A PUBLIC drop-in session to help people fill out HS2 consultation forms will be held by a parish council next weekend. Ravenfield Parish Council will hold the event at Ravenfield Parish Hall on Birchwood Drive from Saturday, February 11, 10am … Continue reading

HS2 information pledge for residents

A HIGH speed rail chief has pledged that upcoming information events on the HS2 project will allow people to make informed judgements on the scheme. HS2’s Phase 2b development director Paul Griffiths wants people to attend one of the events … Continue reading

HS2 station options revealed

EIGHT potential sites for a possible HS2 parkway station in South Yorkshire have been revealed. The site chosen could become a station with a 1,700-2,000 space car park. The eight options put forward for the proposed high speed rail route … Continue reading

HS2 ‘could run out of money before Yorkshire stretch is built’

A former rail chief has hit out at “flimsy” cost estimates for the high-speed line, which is due eventually to connect Yorkshire to the capital. Lord Bradshaw, a former British Rail chief operations manager, told the Lords he was wholeheartedly … Continue reading

Chance for Mexborough residents to find out more about HS2

PEOPLE in Mexborough who want to find out more about the proposed HS2 high speed rail line which could slice through the area are being given a chance to get the facts. The Mexborough Area Against HS2 protest group, which … Continue reading

Transport secretary ‘stretched truth’ over HS2, say South Yorkshire MPs

The transport secretary ‘stretched the truth’ about his time spent visiting communities along the proposed HS2 route, according to a pair of South Yorkshire MPs. Chris Grayling told parliament in November he had visited most places in the path of … Continue reading

People still don’t know impact of HS2

CONCERN has been voiced that many people who will be affected by a proposed high speed rail route are still unaware how it will impact on them. A number of people who attended a public meeting of the Bramley HS2 … Continue reading

Rail workers’ college to open near planned HS2 scheme

A COLLEGE to train people to work on high-speed rail networks opens  later this year — just a few miles from where residents are continued campaign against the HS2 scheme. The National College for High Speed Rail will open at … Continue reading

Make views known on HS2

RESIDENTS in two Dearne Valley villages have been urged this week to make their views known on the proposed high speed rail link through the area — before it is too late. The villagers of Barnburgh and Harlington were told … Continue reading

Get answers to your HS2 questions

THREE events are to be held in the next few weeks to answer questions over a proposed high speed rail line through the district with questions already raised over one of the chosen venues. As the new year arrives, the … Continue reading

Funding to plan for arrival of HS2 in Yorkshire

MORE THAN £1m is being spent in West and South Yorkshire to draw up transport plans to capitalise on the arrival of high speed rail. The two areas have been given the cash by the Government to help get ready … Continue reading

Higgins explains South Yorkshire HS2 changes

Sir David Higgins, non-executive chair of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, has explained the reasons behind his proposed changes to the route of the HS2 line through South Yorkshire to a group of influential MPs. The Transport Committee held a … Continue reading

The South Yorkshire estate hoping to stop HS2 in its tracks

In the last of our two part series focusing on the impact of HS2, we speak to residents on the Mexborough estate that could be demolished. Chris Bond reports. Six months ago life was sailing on as normal for residents … Continue reading

How will HS2 compensation payouts work?

THE proposed HS2 rail line through the Rotherham district has been a bombshell to communities large and small across the area. But what does it mean financially for people living near the line? ANTONY CLAY attempts to unravel the confusing … Continue reading

Developer pledges to support residents in HS2 row

A DEVELOPER whose partially-built housing estate could be cut through by a high speed rail line has vowed to help residents through the trauma. Strata Homes, whose Shimmer estate in Mexborough has been targeted by the proposed HS2 rail line … Continue reading

HS2 Debate BBC Radio Sheffield

HS2 Debate BBC Radio Sheffield is to host a debate on HS2, the high speed rail link that has split communities right across South Yorkshire. It will take place at 1830 on Thursday, 1 December 2016, at the BBC Radio … Continue reading

HS2 reveals number of homes and businesses to be demolished in South Yorkshire

HS2 bosses say their controversial plans for a new route through South Yorkshire will result in 43 homes and businesses being demolished – just one-third of the number of the original Meadowhall route. Much of the concern of the new … Continue reading

HS2 chiefs planned to snoop into the sex lives, mental health and political views of opponents of the controversial project

HS2 chiefs planned to snoop into the sex lives, mental health and political views of opponents of the controversial project Company document shows rail bosses had power to gather sensitive data HS2 could also access information on religious beliefs and … Continue reading

Civic leaders on HS2: ‘£65bn vanity project at expense of the North’

Anger is mounting over the latest bombshell in a £65bn high speed rail “vanity project” which civic bosses and campaigners say will benefit the capital at the expense of our district. Wakefield Council leader Peter Box has said the economic … Continue reading

Protest report blasts HS2 project

A NEW report has blasted proposals for a high speed rail line and branded the scheme “unfit for purpose”. The report attacks many assumptions put forward in Sir David Higgins’ HS2 report in July justifying the line through Aston, Wales, … Continue reading

New reports show environmental impact of HS2 in Rotherham

New sustainability statements published as the Government backs its preferred route for the HS2 project in the North warn of the visual and noise impacts on Rotherham communities. The use of high embankments and viaducts as trains between London and … Continue reading

Region reacts to latest on HS2 route

Region reacts to latest on HS2 route The HS2 route East of Rotherham looks likely to be the Government’s preferred option as it confirms that the £55.7 billion project will reach the North and safeguarding and engineering reports regarding the … Continue reading

HS2: Ministers confirm North West and Yorkshire routes

The government has confirmed the route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line HS2, from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. Critics of the £56bn project say it will be a white elephant that ploughs … Continue reading

HS2 South Yorkshire campaigners submit alternative report

An alternative HS2 report has been submitted by campaigners angry about the rail route plan through Yorkshire. In July, a proposal via Meadowhall was changed to a route through the Dearne Valley, with a Sheffield spur line. The Yorkshire Communities … Continue reading

Open letter re HS2 to the Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council

The Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council was spouting on the radio last week (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049tl7r – around 38:45 mins in) about HS2 and its impact upon Rotherham and Doncaster areas, but given how SCC will not cough up info as requested, I’ve … Continue reading

Criticism for HS2’s ‘phantom Yorkshire figures’

CAMPAIGNERS HAVE accused the Government of creating “phantom figures for a zombie project” as they hit back at claims that high-speed rail will boost Yorkshire’s economy with thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment. Senior figures from High … Continue reading

LEP wants further studies into HS2 in Sheffield city region

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The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Combined Authority will commission an independent study to explore ways to minimise HS2 Ltd’s new proposed line’s impact on local homes, communities and businesses. The South Yorkshire HS2 station location was … Continue reading

HS2 to spend nearly £1 million on psychologists to test construction crews for signs of stress

Consortiums bidding for contracts to build Britain’s new £56billion high-speed rail network will first have to pass stringent psychological exams designed to test their ability to work under extreme pressure. HS2, the company set up to oversee the mammoth project, … Continue reading

“From me to you, stop HS2”

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THE fight against HS2 has a new supporter — one of the Chuckle Brothers. Comic Barry Chuckle has written to organisers of the Bramley protest march on Saturday (Oct 8). Sandra Haith, of Stop HS2 Bramley, said: “Barry has sent … Continue reading

Doncaster MP Ed Miliband vows to support residents in fight against HS2 re-route through borough

“I will fight this HS2 route with you all the way” – that was the message from Ed Miliband during a meeting held last night in opposition to the new proposed route through Doncaster that could lead to the destruction … Continue reading

HS2 rail link bosses have already spent £2BILLION… without laying a single inch of track

Much of the money has been spent on surveys, with one farm being visited 46 times by officials this year BOSSES at the HS2 rail link have splashed more than £2billion without laying an inch of track. Critics of the … Continue reading

HS2 – Running scared?

Readers have to see this set of emails between HS2 and the gentlefolk of Hooton Roberts – it really is a classic example of the HS2 yellow streaked salary surfing parasites, that don’t want to venture into the grim north. … Continue reading

Popular riding school facing demolition to make way for HS2 line

A popular equestrian centre in the South Yorkshire countryside is facing demolition to make way for the new HS2 line. Parklands Equestrian Centre on Worksop Road, Aston, has been operating for around 40 years as a family business and includes … Continue reading

HS2 in South Yorkshire: Rotherham Council opposes line

Rotherham Council has opposed a proposed amendment to the route of the HS2 rail line in South Yorkshire. The present line put forward by HS2 goes through the villages of Aston and Bramley in Rotherham. At a Town Hall meeting, … Continue reading

Rotherham Council continues to back previous HS2 plans

Rotherham Council has reiterated its preference for the South Yorkshire HS2 station at Meadowhall, stating that not enough information is available on the new proposals announced earlier this year. Construction on HS2, the high speed North to South rail link … Continue reading

Rotherham Council to vote on whether to oppose HS2

Councillors at Rotherham Council are to discuss the re-routing of the High Speed (HS2) rail line through the borough next week after a motion was proposed in opposition to the changes, and the £55.7 billion scheme. Construction on HS2, the … Continue reading

Report questions viability of HS2 scheme

A NEW report has called into question the viability of the entire HS2 rail scheme on the grounds of cost, poor benefits and technological miscalculations. The scheme is branded a waste of money which will cost billions more than expected … Continue reading

HS2 Chief paid £750,000!

Tom Richmond: Time £750,000 high-speed rail chief faces the public IF HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is worth £750,000 a year, it is time that Britain’s highest paid civil servant started earning his salary. It means getting out of his … Continue reading

HS2 ‘don’t know’ numbers of homes facing demolition on new South Yorkshire route

HS2 officials have admitted they do not know how many homes could be demolished on their revised high-speed rail line through South Yorkshire. Jane Ivey, Freedom of Information manager for HS2 Ltd, said the organisation did not hold information about … Continue reading

Work on Doncaster estate facing demolition to make way for HS2 line will be completed

Work to finish partially built houses on a Doncaster housing estate that could be demolished to make way for a new HS2 route will be completed, it was announced today. A report from Sir David Higgins was published last month, … Continue reading

IPPR urges government to prioritise HS3 link

A high-speed rail link between major northern cities should take priority over the HS2 line between London and the Midlands, a think tank has said. The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) said HS3, between Leeds and Manchester, would cut … Continue reading

Petition – Prevent the new HS2 proposed line passing through Bramley, Rotherham

Prevent the new HS2 proposed line passing through Bramley, Rotherham HS2 are proposing a new route for the line to pass through the village of Bramley. This means it will be dangerously close to local housing and other ameneties which … Continue reading

Fight stepped up against latest HS2 proposal

CAMPAIGNERS in Bramley hope to gain enough petition signatures against the proposed changes to the HS2 high-speed rail link to prompt a response from the government. People living in the area launched an online petition when the route was controversially … Continue reading

Private Eye – Two Rotten Boroughs mentions

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This weeks Private Eye has two mentions for Rotherham in Rotten Boroughs:

Dearne MP demands HS2 route rethink

A RETHINK of the newly-proposed high speed rail route through South Yorkshire has been urged by an MP. John Healey wants HS2 Ltd to reconsider the new route it revealed weeks ago which will take the line through Aston, Bramley, … Continue reading

Violent outbursts at Doncaster HS2 meeting

Trouble flared at a meeting about the HS2 route through South Yorkshire, resulting in residents grappling on the floor. A violent scuffle broke out as hundreds of residents queued at Barnburgh Primary School near Doncaster on Monday evening to find … Continue reading

New anti-HS2 groups to be created to battle revised route

New anti-HS2 campaign groups are set to be created across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire following the high-speed train line route being revised. Dozens of people from areas on the planned new route attended a meeting arranged by the Killamarsh … Continue reading

Healey asks minister to look at HS2 station

TRANSPORT Secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to commission a study on the case for a high speed rail station close to the M18 by a South Yorkshire MP. Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey said he was “dismated” by … Continue reading

Mexborough & Dearne Valley opposition to HS2

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Front page of the July 21st edition of the Dearne Valley Weekender comes news of the opposition to the proposed new route through South Yorkshire of HS2, this time the Mexborough and Dearne Valley: News of other groups further up … Continue reading

Man ‘violently flung’ during HS2 event in Rotherham

Protesters who were prevented from accessing an HS2 drop-in event claim unnecessary force was used by security in blocking their entry. It is claimed a man suffered a back injury when he was “violently flung” during a “peaceful protest” at … Continue reading

Economic analysis needed on HS2 route change

An economic assessment has yet to be done on the new proposed route of the HS2 line through Rotherham, recommended changes to which came “out of the blue” earlier this month. Construction on HS2, the high speed North to South … Continue reading

The good people of Bramley registered their disagreement with HS2

Last Tuesday the community had a meeting to voice their collective concerns about this utterly stupid proposal and fortunately Kevin Barron also attended. There were well over 200 people in the village hall and many had to leave because they … Continue reading

HS2: Compulsory Purchase Orders explained

A NEW housing estate in South Yorkshire could be bulldozed if changes to the planned HS2 high-speed rail route go ahead. People living on the Shimmer estate in Mexborough have been told that “some or all of their land” may … Continue reading

National Trust – New HS2 Phase 2B route recommendation brings serious concerns

New HS2 Phase 2B route recommendation brings serious concerns On 7 July, Chairman of HS2 Ltd Sir David Higgins published Sheffield and South Yorkshire Report 2016 which recommended changes to the route of HS2 serving Sheffield. These are the first recommendations … Continue reading

Bramley protests!

The people of Bramley and other parts of Yorkshire oppose the HS2 proposed route. Look North have carried the story at 2:20, click link below to view. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07kssvn/look-north-yorkshire-late-news-22072016

Controversial HS2 route “information event” to be held in Bramley

THE firm behind the controversial HS2 rail route approached a parish council clerk in Rotherham six weeks ago to ask if they could hire a village hall for “an event” — but did not reveal at the time that they … Continue reading

Residents speak out over ‘nonsense’ HS2 route plans for Doncaster

Residents speak out over ‘nonsense’ HS2 route plans for Doncaster A number of people living on a Mexborough housing development that could be demolished to make way for a new HS2 line say they are worried the plans could leave … Continue reading

Hundreds set to attend meeting opposing new HS2 route through Mexborough

Scores of people are expected to attend a public meeting tonight in opposition to plans for a new HS2 route through Mexborough that could lead to the demolition of hundreds of homes. The ‘No High Speed Train’ meeting will be … Continue reading

HS2 – community opposition starts

Below is the first sign of community opposition to emerge to HS2. Would be interested to hear from other campaigns that may be gearing up along the route? Please send your information here, Rik. Published previously: New HS2 plans for South … Continue reading

New HS2 plans for South Yorkshire recommended

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A HS2 station is not now being recommended to be built at Meadowhall, instead the Sheffield city region could end up with three stations that can link to the £55.7 billion scheme. Construction on HS2, the high speed North to … Continue reading

Split deepens over HS2 station

Split deepens over HS2 station THREE SOUTH Yorkshire MPs have waded into the debate over the area’s planned high speed rail station and urged the Government to keep it at Meadowhall. Former Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher, Dan Jarvis and … Continue reading