HS2 officials 'ploughing on with Birmingham station proposals'

Reports that High Speed Two (HS2) "officials are ploughing ahead with preparations for a £270m station in Birmingham despite the cloud hanging over the future of the rail link" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph reports that "contractors are being asked to register interest in building Birmingham Interchange in Solihull, a station that will connect HS2 services to the city’s airport".

The Evening Standard reports that "one of London’s largest surviving Victorian gasholders is to be reborn as a ‘post-industrial’ architectural installation in an urban park". The paper says the "160ft-high wrought iron frame of gasholder number 13 is one of the last remnants of the Old Kent Road gasworks, which supplied Southwark, Croydon, Lambeth and Streatham from the 1830s onwards".

The Times’ deputy business editor, Graham Ruddick, says the "biggest hit to the high street is loss of local department stores". He writes: "Local authorities thinking about the future of their high street should be thinking about the future of their department stores."

An article in The Telegraph says that residents in Bournemouth are upset after a fence was installed along a cliff top to contain grazing goats. The paper says that "some residents have said that the fence spoils the sea views, likening it to a stalag in wartime Germany".


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