TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

Category: HS2

    UP THE JUNCTION   The travelling public of the North deserve a proper say on what they want from their rail services.   This week we’ve had more announcements from on high about HS2, and backing for HS3 from Manchester to Leeds. Sir David Higgins, Chairman of High Speed Two Ltd is an [read more…]


    Ed Balls is becoming a real liability to the Labour Party. His close association with Gordon Brown was one of the reasons why Ed Miliband didn’t appoint him Shadow Chancellor when he became leader three years ago. It’s often forgotten now that Alan Johnson was Ed’s first Shadow Chancellor.   Balls gloomy forecasts [read more…]


.   I never expected to say this after Eric Pickles destroyed our regional development agencies, but the party has a chance next week to position itself as the defender of the North.   The private consensus in Brighton was that Ed Balls was preparing us for a Labour government to scupper HS2. His remarks, [read more…]


  HIGH SPEED RAIL   At a meeting at the Yorkshire Show earlier this month, the HS2 project was apparently given the big thumbs down. Perhaps Dales farmers have more pressing things on their minds, but it does illustrate that this £40bn project is dividing opinion across the North.   The report on opinion across [read more…]


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