Tag Archives: High Speed 2

Highways England – what’s that?

Ever heard of HS2 Ltd? Why yes, you say – it’s that company in charge of building the country’s second high speed railway straight through some of our most precious habitats and threatening, at latest count, 83 ancient woods. How … Continue reading

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On and on it seems to go (and you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone)

Thirteen weeks after the 50,000 pages of the HS2 Environmental Statement landed on my desk I can breathe a sigh of relief as I have now submitted the Woodland Trust’s response to the consultation. The ES was published with sections … Continue reading

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Please mind the gap

We know Ancient woodland is irreplaceable. Is it still being lost? Yes – despite recognition of the importance of ancient woodland it continues to be threatened by development, infrastructure projects and a gradual attrition. The full scale of threats are unknown, … Continue reading

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50,000 shades of grey

The final environmental statement for phase one of High Speed 2 finally arrived on the 25th November 2013.  We all knew it was going to be big, but no one was quite prepared for how difficult it was going to … Continue reading

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Full Chilterns tunnel is not only environmentally sound but would shave at least £500m off HS2 budget

This Monday, the Chilterns Conservation Board and Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside (CCC) jointly published an authoritative report to highlight the non market impacts of the Government’s proposal for a partial tunnel through the Chilterns AONB, compared with their alternative … Continue reading

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Expect fireworks on Halloween this year

As the High Speed Rail Preparation Bill, the legislation that paves the way for the controversial HS2 scheme, passes to Report Stage in the Commons this week, Government Affairs Officer Steve Mulligan provides our take on the Bill’s passage and … Continue reading

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Please have YOUR say on the Lobbying Bill

I’m sure most of you will have seen the negative press surrounding the Government’s misguided Transparency of Lobbying Bill – or the “gagging bill” as it has come to be referred as. If enacted in its current form, this legislation … Continue reading

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