High-Speed Two

News and in-depth coverage of the proposed London-Birmingham high-speed rail route.

Page Title RSS fee

HS2 News

Appeal Court rejects council's bid to impose greater controls on HS2 lorry movements

Appeal Court rejects council's bid to impose greater controls on HS2 lorry movements

A London council's bid to continue its battle to limit rush-hour heavy lorry movements to and from High Speed Two (HS2) construction sites has failed at the Court of Appeal, after a judge found an inspector’s reasoning in rejecting the authority's attempt to exert closer control over such routes to be “legally impeccable”.

Plans for new train station in Cambridge submitted to support housing and jobs growth

Plans for new train station in Cambridge submitted to support housing and jobs growth

Network Rail has submitted plans for a new train station on the southern fringe of Cambridge to support the growth of new homes and jobs in the city - more than four years after the scheme was first proposed.

Appeal Court overturns High Court judgment to back London mayor's low traffic zone policy

Appeal Court overturns High Court judgment to back London mayor's low traffic zone policy

The Court of Appeal has backed the mayor of London's controversial Streetspace project, which has introduced "low traffic neighbourhoods" across the capital, after it overturned a previous High Court ruling that the programme had been introduced unlawfully.

New service station on Cheshire green belt refused against officer advice

New service station on Cheshire green belt refused against officer advice

Plans for a new service station and 100-bedroom hotel on a 15-hectare green belt site on the M62 in Cheshire have been refused against officers’ advice, after members reportedly found that the proposal did not meet the “very special circumstances” necessary to justify permission.

Government announces £50m for two road projects to unlock 6,600 homes

Government announces £50m for two road projects to unlock 6,600 homes

The government has announced funding of £50 million for two road projects in Devon and Wiltshire, to support the construction of a total of 6,600 new homes in both areas.

Bill to allow HS2 leg between Crewe and Manchester announced in Queen’s Speech

Bill to allow HS2 leg between Crewe and Manchester announced in Queen’s Speech

A new bill to provide the planning and compulsory purchase powers to build the next stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) network between Crewe and Manchester has been announced in today's Queen Speech.

Latest HS2 Comment

Legal Viewpoint: Why Stonehenge road decision was based on poor foundations

The government plainly needs to up its game. The three most recent decisions of its secretaries of state to approve development consent orders (DCOs) for nationally significant infrastructure projects against examiners’ recommendations have all been quashed: the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm, Manston Airport and now the A303 trunk road improvement in Wiltshire.

Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs

HS2  In Depth

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the winter

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the winter

Key planning stages reached by Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects between November 2020 and January 2021

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the summer

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the summer

Key planning stages reached by Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects between June and August 2020

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The government's announcement of support for the High Speed Two project after months of uncertainty signals the resumption of years' worth of determining applications for local authorities and opportunities for consultants, say observers.

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.