High Speed Rail

The HS2 Bill: An Opportunity (And No Longer a Threat)

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

The Hybrid Bill that makes the provisions for the planning of 'Phase One' of the project, from London to Birmingham, no longer represents a direct threat to Camden's businesses community. Actually, it now represents an opportunity; and one that we are keen to pursue.

HS2 Must Treat Farming Fairly

Meurig Raymond | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

HS2 raises the prospect of an unacceptable treble hit. Firstly, essential farmland is being lost to the line; secondly, larger areas which have been highlighted for habitat creation and tree planting will take valuable food-producing land out of production. And thirdly, far more new habitat is being imposed than is being lost on a questionable 'bigger is better' principle.

HS2 Tory Rebellion 'Could Be Bigger'

PA | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics

A Conservative rebellion against a £50 billion high-speed rail link would be nearer 100 MPs if Labour opposed the project, a former Government whip c...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A Minefield of Frustration for the Modern-Day Traveller

Thomas Drexler | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Thomas Drexler

At the moment, some transport modes, such as rail, are not yet fully integrated into the travel ecosystem. Travellers don't always know there is a potential train service for their particular journey, because it's just not visible at that particular point of the travel selection process. Rail operators need to make their information available and connect themselves with other transport modes in order to provide the customer with genuine choice.

HS2's Northern Section 'Should Be Built Sooner'

PA | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK

The boss of HS2 today proposed a speeding up of the building of the northern, phase two, section of the £50 billion project. HS2 Ltd chairman Sir ...

Camden Business Are an Example to the UK But They're Under Threat From HS2

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

HS2 Ltd wants to plough through the centre of Camden, taking over the bridges and shutting down businesses for years to create a link with the old high speed railway to Europe. On paper, building this line means road closures, bridge widening, transport disruptions. In practice, it could mean the end of Camden as we know it.

Speaker Bercow Slams 'Arbitrary' High Speed Rail 2

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

John Bercow has railed against the "seemingly arbitrary" compensation for people "blighted" by High Speed Rail 2, as concerns mount about the cost and...

HS2 Bill Does Not Protect Camden

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

This particular Bill is something of a behemoth... with a colossal 50,000 page environmental impact assessment to accompany it. Within those 50,000 pages lies the future of Camden Town. Every single road closure, bridge widening and business affected is supposed to be taken into consideration within the report. It's why it's so big. However, we don't think they've taken the impact on Camden seriously enough.

Camden Town Is Too Valuable to Lose to HS2

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

HS2 needs to link up to our existing high speed rail line that takes us to France. The current proposal for this would mean a link that cuts directly through the heart of Camden Town... 90% of Camden Lock market falls within 30 meters of site, as does 95% of Stables market. Hawley market would effectively be closed, with other iconic markets devastated by the project.

Boris Defends Guardian's 'Interesting' Snowden Reports

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has robustly defended The Guardian's "salient and interesting" revelations about the activities of global intelligence agencies, like th...

What Does HS2 Mean for the UK?

Thomas Drexler | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Drexler

Whilst I've worked in the rail industry for over a decade, I am first and foremost a rail traveller. And although I am currently living in Madrid, I am a regular traveller on the European rail network. So when I first heard about the proposed HS2 high-speed rail plans, one of my first thoughts was "what will this do for me?"

All Change Please: The New Transport Teams

John Lehal | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

Anyone hoping that this week's reshuffle would inject some much needed decisiveness into the UK's top transport and infrastructure projects will have been in for disappointment. The Department for Transport has had two of its ministers replaced, and the Shadow Transport team has had a change of leader...

Let's Not Be Short-termist or Alarmist About HS2

Iain Stewart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Stewart

While I have some concerns about the detail of the project, in principle I remain supportive. This is not because I am infatuated by un grand projet. HS2 is a refreshing example of long-term strategic planning in this country which too often in the past we have shied away from and is one of the reasons why many parts of our rail system are currently overcrowded.

£600k-A-Year HS2 Boss Has NO Idea When Trains Will Start

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Politics

Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins, who has been unveiled as the next chair of High Speed Rail 2, has endured an embarrassing grilling in ...

Ned Simons

Did Ed Balls Just Kill HS2?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has dropped the heaviest hint yet he would like to scrap the High Speed 2 rail project were Labour to win the next election, opening up a spl...

Who's Attacking HS2 Now?

PA | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

The HS2 high-speed rail project came under renewed attack on Monday as a public spending watchdog said the apparent benefits were dwindling as the cos...

HS2: U-turn If You Want to, the Train Is Not for Turning

Alex Porter | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Porter

As public and parliamentary support for HS2 falls, surely it is only a matter of time before one of the parties changes their position. At the rate things are going, the debate may well descend into a race to see who will be the one to push the plans well and truly off the rails.

'Don't Fall For This Grand Folly'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

The coalition has come under renewed pressure to abandon its controversial High Speed Rail 2 project, as research reveals businesses are deeply oppose...

'HS2 Could Easily Become A Nightmare'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

Alastair Darling, the former Labour chancellor, has launched a vicious attack on the HS2 high-speed rail project, dismissing its economic benefits as ...

Dropping High Speed 2 Would Be Madness

Damian Collins | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

It is a simple fact that the current west coast mainline, the main rail artery connecting London with Birmingham and Manchester, cannot cope with the projected future demand of passengers and that there has to be major investment in new capacity... The return on investment in High Speed Rail will not just be measured in ticket sales over the first decade of operation, but in the longer term economic investment it will bring into the areas that benefit from it.

Elon Musk To Unveil 'Hyperloop' 4000MPH Mega Train

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Tech

The billionaire inventor, investor and futurist Elon Musk is set to unveil his detailed proposals for a 4,000mph 'mega train' known as the Hyperloop t...

Planet Appetite: A Taste of Benelux - Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg by Train

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

A gourmet train journey is a wizard idea, particularly when you get to visit three countries in six days and eat at some of their best restaurants. Departure is from St Pancras and I'm soon in Brussels, changing from the Eurostar to the local Belgium network.

PICTURES: Full Steam Ahead For Historic Train

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK

A historic locomotive will mark a rail milestone on Saturday as it blasts up the East Coast Mainline at the fastest speed travelled by a steam train i...

That's An Expensive Rail Fare!

PA | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

Civil servant failures over the West Coast rail contract will cost taxpayers "at least £50 million", a report by MPs said today. There was a lack ...

Locomotion Commotion! The Saga of High Speed Rail

James Wallace | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Comedy
James Wallace

The news last week about a proposed high speed rail link in the UK resulted in numerous bulletins containing reports from middle England that were all seemingly variants on a theme.