February 24, 2016

Final High-Speed 2 report published

Written by  IRJ staff writer
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THE British House of Commons Select Committee on the High-Speed 2 (HS2) Hybrid Bill has published its final report. The bill will now go forward for further consideration in the House of Parliament and then the House of Lords.

The committee heard 1600 petitions from objectors and those concerned with the construction of the first phase of the railway from London to Birmingham and recommended a longer tunnel in the Chiltern hills north of London, better noise mitigation in some locations and revisions to the planned maintenance depot at Washwood Heath, Birmingham.

It rejected calls for HS2 and the London to Glasgow West Coast Main Line to share tracks on the short distance between London Euston and Queen's Park, arguing that such a move would reduce capacity compared with the existing plans for a tunnel.

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