High-speed rail link from London could be delayed until 2022

The Bolton News: High-speed rail link from London could be delayed until 2022 High-speed rail link from London could be delayed until 2022

Britain's high-speed rail link may be delayed by a decade following a threat of legal action over the project.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced the extentions of the line to Manchester and Leeds yesterday in a move he said would boost Britain's stagnant economy.

But the HS2 line from London via Birmingham is likely to be halted by lawyers on the line.

And it means work on the much promised cut in journey times, easing in overcrowding and boosts to regional business will not even begin until as late as 2022.

A unified coalition of Conservative councils, MPs and environmental groups is threatening the £33bn line with a flood of court cases and judicial reviews expected.

Northern local authorities and backbench MPs affected by the proposed line are uniting with campaigners opposed to its first phase from London to Birmingham, according to reports in The Independent today.

Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield and Tory deputy chairman, warned that Chancellor George Osborne, will now “see the strength of public opinion for himself”, with the line due to pass through his Tatton constituency in Cheshire. He added: “Every MP along the route will have people lobbying him. The people of Cheshire, like the people of Staffordshire, don’t hesitate to make their views known – and quite right too.”

The Manchester to London journey would take just one hour and eight minutes. Manchester will also have TWO stations if the plans go ahead.

It means a passenger could potentially travel from Bolton to London in little more than an hour and 45 minutes if the connection at the new station next to Piccadilly is well timed.

Officials say the £32.7 billion project will create at least 100,000 jobs.

The Department for Transport said there would be five stops on the 211-mile Y-shaped extension northwards from Birmingham - scheduled to be completed in 2032, six years after the first phase:

They are:

  • Manchester - alongside the existing Piccadilly station;
  • Manchester Airport - interchange by the M56 between Warburton Green and Davenport Green
  • in the East Midlands - at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby and one mile from the M1
  • Sheffield - at Meadowhall shopping centre
  • Leeds - at New Lane in the South bank area connected to the main station by walkway.

There will also be a "dedicated link" alongside the high-speed line at Crewe to link up with standard trains - reducing journey times to Liverpool and Glasgow. A proposed spur to Heathrow has been put on hold pending the results of Sir Howard Davies' review of future airport capacity.

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1:15pm Tue 29 Jan 13

_A5HA11_ says...

Right, the country side won’t be effected because the line is at most going to be as wide as 30 - 40 meters and how wide is the country side? Trains won’t be running down it every 5 seconds so it’s not like it’s going to be seen most of the time, people with houses in the way or have lost the value the government should give the people the amount of money that the house was valued at yesterday. And probs most of the people who are opposing this HS2 line will be dead by the time it’s going so there point is invalid, people complain about lack of jobs, country is going to rubbish. This has the opportunity to change everything and yet still people oppose it. Just thank god that we don’t live in china or they would of just bulldozes the whole area without any sort of consideration to anything. Time to move on and grow, it’s like when people oppose wind farms and other builds growth is what the country needs and recyclable energy why try and stop it, it’s wrong that government haven’t sat down with the people who will be effected by it and work out some sort of compo but if they’re going to spend 33 billion it surely a few more £ will surely help. And you tree hugging hippies, will you just go and hug trees in some other country, as you do nothing but make this country worse!
Save the trees man!!! , sod the trees the country on its knees and needs lifting, what’s more important some tree or the country’s economy and jobs.
Right, the country side won’t be effected because the line is at most going to be as wide as 30 - 40 meters and how wide is the country side? Trains won’t be running down it every 5 seconds so it’s not like it’s going to be seen most of the time, people with houses in the way or have lost the value the government should give the people the amount of money that the house was valued at yesterday. And probs most of the people who are opposing this HS2 line will be dead by the time it’s going so there point is invalid, people complain about lack of jobs, country is going to rubbish. This has the opportunity to change everything and yet still people oppose it. Just thank god that we don’t live in china or they would of just bulldozes the whole area without any sort of consideration to anything. Time to move on and grow, it’s like when people oppose wind farms and other builds growth is what the country needs and recyclable energy why try and stop it, it’s wrong that government haven’t sat down with the people who will be effected by it and work out some sort of compo but if they’re going to spend 33 billion it surely a few more £ will surely help. And you tree hugging hippies, will you just go and hug trees in some other country, as you do nothing but make this country worse! Save the trees man!!! , sod the trees the country on its knees and needs lifting, what’s more important some tree or the country’s economy and jobs. _A5HA11_

2:09pm Tue 29 Jan 13

MarkAllRead says...

Two things A5HA11 - first, you really should learn the difference between "effected" and "affected". Secondly, in what way will this actually improve the economy and quality of life for most people around the country - especially those directly affected by the line?
Two things A5HA11 - first, you really should learn the difference between "effected" and "affected". Secondly, in what way will this actually improve the economy and quality of life for most people around the country - especially those directly affected by the line? MarkAllRead

2:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

I don't always agree with everything the Government proposes to do, whoever is in power, but sometimes it feels like the tail is wagging the dog. Seems to me most of these objections are subjective and no, I don't think I would like a trainline at the bottom of my garden either, any more than my grandparents liked being kicked out of their rather nice semi-detached house so the M601 could be built. The question is - do we want this high speed link, or don't we?. A bit like 'don't ask what my country can do for me, but rather what can I do for my country?'
I don't always agree with everything the Government proposes to do, whoever is in power, but sometimes it feels like the tail is wagging the dog. Seems to me most of these objections are subjective and no, I don't think I would like a trainline at the bottom of my garden either, any more than my grandparents liked being kicked out of their rather nice semi-detached house so the M601 could be built. The question is - do we want this high speed link, or don't we?. A bit like 'don't ask what my country can do for me, but rather what can I do for my country?' oftbewildered2

3:30pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BWFC71 says...

If one wants to see the ebenfits of a new high speed rail ink then the best place to visit is The Netherlands. their new raillink - from Amsterdam to the Belgium border, took 10 years to build, has between 5 and 10 trains an hour. House prices near the line have soared through the roof and its bringing jobs to the cities where the train stops.

These HS links do work and we should embrace them - just as much as we embraced the roads, canals and the early train networks - all the same objections were used for them and look now!!!!
If one wants to see the ebenfits of a new high speed rail ink then the best place to visit is The Netherlands. their new raillink - from Amsterdam to the Belgium border, took 10 years to build, has between 5 and 10 trains an hour. House prices near the line have soared through the roof and its bringing jobs to the cities where the train stops. These HS links do work and we should embrace them - just as much as we embraced the roads, canals and the early train networks - all the same objections were used for them and look now!!!! BWFC71

3:39pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Wigan Trotter says...

Here we go again, progress being hindered by modern day Luddites living in the past
Here we go again, progress being hindered by modern day Luddites living in the past Wigan Trotter

5:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Andyroost says...

Dont stand in the way of moving forward, but insist that all the works, foundations, bridges, stations, building of the Trains, Painting the Trains, supplying all the materials are from our country and not given to others to look good in parliament. This work will lift our economy, stuff the other countries, let them sort their own mess, If any of this work is given to foriegners the country will sink further and with everything being sold off it will just be another commodity where as a country we will be held to ransom.
Cameron wont listen, just the americans whipping boy. Thatcher two
Dont stand in the way of moving forward, but insist that all the works, foundations, bridges, stations, building of the Trains, Painting the Trains, supplying all the materials are from our country and not given to others to look good in parliament. This work will lift our economy, stuff the other countries, let them sort their own mess, If any of this work is given to foriegners the country will sink further and with everything being sold off it will just be another commodity where as a country we will be held to ransom. Cameron wont listen, just the americans whipping boy. Thatcher two Andyroost

7:12pm Tue 29 Jan 13

grimtown says...

hign speed train out of the **** hole of Bolton thumbs up :)
hign speed train out of the **** hole of Bolton thumbs up :) grimtown

8:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

It's not a real train anyway,it looks like a Telly Tubby train in the photo,Ithink the powers that be made the right decsion for a change.In effect it does not affect me at all.
It's not a real train anyway,it looks like a Telly Tubby train in the photo,Ithink the powers that be made the right decsion for a change.In effect it does not affect me at all. boltonnut

8:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

It's not a real train anyway,it looks like a Telly Tubby train in the photo,Ithink the powers that be made the right decsion for a change.In effect it does not affect me at all.
It's not a real train anyway,it looks like a Telly Tubby train in the photo,Ithink the powers that be made the right decsion for a change.In effect it does not affect me at all. boltonnut

8:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

OOPS.....
OOPS..... boltonnut

11:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BWFC71 says...

It sounds to me you have never caught the Thalys, or a Deutsche Bahn, or a Fyra or even a double decker train which are far bigger than the trains we have in terms of carrying passengers!!!
It sounds to me you have never caught the Thalys, or a Deutsche Bahn, or a Fyra or even a double decker train which are far bigger than the trains we have in terms of carrying passengers!!! BWFC71

8:25am Wed 30 Jan 13

Wigan Trotter says...

When the railways were first being introduced 150 years ago, a lot of landowners and lawyers made a lot of money out of objecting. From what has been said in the above article, is history repeating itself?
When the railways were first being introduced 150 years ago, a lot of landowners and lawyers made a lot of money out of objecting. From what has been said in the above article, is history repeating itself? Wigan Trotter

10:04am Wed 30 Jan 13

BWFC71 says...

Wigan Trotter wrote:
When the railways were first being introduced 150 years ago, a lot of landowners and lawyers made a lot of money out of objecting. From what has been said in the above article, is history repeating itself?
t money and no progression - but when it does happen its all about money and selling the good sides and about the forthcoming prosperity. Then of course you will always get luddites who are scared of change and will find any excuse for it not to change.
[quote][p][bold]Wigan Trotter[/bold] wrote: When the railways were first being introduced 150 years ago, a lot of landowners and lawyers made a lot of money out of objecting. From what has been said in the above article, is history repeating itself?[/p][/quote]t money and no progression - but when it does happen its all about money and selling the good sides and about the forthcoming prosperity. Then of course you will always get luddites who are scared of change and will find any excuse for it not to change. BWFC71

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