The Amersham Society

HS2 Update August 2017

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team which has recommenced the production of the update after a relatively quiet period in the project following Royal Assent in February.:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 
A new HS2 Inquiries Freephone number has now been launched : 08081 434 434.

 

The Helpdesk can still be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

We understand HS2 Ltd has now received permission to launch its own website (separate to .Gov) although unlikely to be available until the end of 2017 at the earliest.

 

Appointment of Main Civils Works Contractors (MCWC)
On 17 July, the Government announced the winning Joint Venture contractors for Phase 1 of the project. The two relating to Buckinghamshire are listed below.

 

C1: Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align Joint Venture (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)

    • C2: North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK Joint Venture (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)


 

The contracts were subsequently signed on 1 August 2017 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/green-light-for-hs2-as-first-major-contracts-signed

 

Construction Commissioner's Report

Gareth Epps is the (interim) independent Construction Commissioner whose role is to mediate and monitor the way in which HS2 Ltd manages and responds to construction complaints. The Construction Commissioner will mediate any unresolved construction related disputes between HS2 Ltd and individuals or bodies. You can contact him by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit his dedicated website at hs2-cc.org.uk. You can view his reports here, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/628895/hs2_construction_commissioner_report_1.pdf and https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/628898/hS2_construction_commissioner_report_2.pdf.

 

The Chilterns Society has kindly set up www.HS2Watch.org.uk , to record contractor activity and to assist anyone with complaints and also to look out for any problems common to several complaints, which need escalating.

 

Latest Programme

Although some early works are beginning to take place on the ground such as utilities, archaeological work, habitat creation and ground investigation, HS2 Ltd say that the Main Contractors (above) will now go into a period of 16 months detailed design before any of the main civils works commence.


Local Environmental Management Plans (LEMPs)
HS2 Ltd has just published these plans, which they say set out the site-specific control measures for HS2 contractors working within local authority areas along the Phase One route. You can view them here.

 

Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:
Jackie Copcutt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01296 383793
Laura Leech This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01296 382163
HS2 Blueprint Mailbox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BCC HS2 Webpages: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/environment/hs2/

HS2 Update 27 January 2017

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at

http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).


HS2 Hybrid Bill and Royal Assent

You will probably be aware that the Promoter has now responded to the House of Lords Report. You can read it at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583784/government-response-to-the-select-committee_s-special-report-web-version.pdf.
The Third Reading of the Bill is scheduled for 31 January 2017. It is then expected that the Bill for Phase 1 will become law and probably receive Royal Assent in the week commencing 6 February 2017 although this is dependent on the Parliamentary timetable.

New Chief Executive for HS2 Ltd
HS2 Ltd has appointed a new Chief Executive called Mark Thurston. Mr Thurston has worked for CH2M, the company which is HS2 Ltd's Phase 1 Engineering Delivery Partner, since 2008. You can read more at https://www.ch2m.com/newsroom/news/ch2m-led-jv-announced-as-HS2-phase-one-engineering-delivery-partner.
HS2 Ltd Newsletter
HS2 Ltd's new engagement team recently published a community update, which includes some useful contacts. You can read it at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-community-update-newsletters.

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HS2 Update 14 January 2017

 

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 


 

House of Lords Select Committee

The Select Committee has now published their report which you can read at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/hs2-bill-committee-publishes-report/. It could be the end of January or February before the Bill finally achieves royal assent, subject to the Parliamentary process and third reading. Some amendments to the Bill have been proposed by various Peers and these were debated on 10 and 12 January 2017 in Grand Committee. You can see all the proposed amendments at http://lordsamendments.parliament.uk/?Session=2016-2017&Id=1313. It should be noted that no votes are allowed in a Grand Committee, and in turn that means that if a Peer objects to any amendment (including a government amendment) it should be withdrawn, to enable the House to decide the matter at the next stage – ie report stage.

It is expected that the Secretary of State and HS2 Ltd will respond to the Select Committee report next week.

 

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Chiltern District Council's Emerging Local Plan

Did you know that

•  Chiltern District Council must produce a Local Plan by early 2017 or the Government will step in and impose one?

•  Chiltern DC is working with South Bucks DC to produce one?

•  They estimate that there will be a need for 14 700 new dwellings in the area by 2036?

•  They have been reviewing green belt sites to see whether they could be released for housing?

•  The deadline for responses is 5.0 pm, 12th December?

 

See http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036.The Options they are considering include allowing building to take place on two areas of green belt around Old Amersham:

•  parts of the large field to the east of the whole length of Whielden Street (part of the green ring around the Conservation Area);

•  parts of the fields to the south of London Road, between Gore Hill and Stanley Hill, including next to the historic Bury Farm.

 

The Amersham Society is producing a response.

 

 

The Society has organised an open meeting on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at the King's Chapel, King's Arms Hotel, High Street, Old Amersham.

 

All are welcome at this meeting to learn more about the Council's proposals and to review and improve the Amersham Society's response about preserving Amersham's unique heritage and environment. Contribute your own thoughts and learn what you might usefully say in your own personal response.

 

Coffee/tea and biscuits will be served from 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8.0 pm. Please bring your friends and neighbours, no booking is necessary - just turn up. The cost of entrance will be £2 for members and £3 for non-members.

 

HS2 Update 13 December 2016

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).


House of Lords Select Committee

 

The Select Committee has now finished its deliberations and their report should follow shortly; we understand this may be published on 12 December 2016. This will then be considered by the Lords on 9 January 2017 before any further amendments to the Bill are proposed. It could be January or February before the Bill finally gets royal assent, subject to the Parliamentary process. Jim Conboy has kindly posted around half of the local documents/evidence so far produced for the House of Lords. He also has presentations from The Lee and Little Missenden Parish Councils. If you send your presentations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like them posted at http://www.hs2amersham.org.uk/Resources/ES/HoL/Index.htm. This is a useful resource and Jim does not mind if you are outside of the Chilterns.

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HS2 Update 19 November 2016

 

We have received the following update from the Buckinghamshire County Council HS2 team:

 

(Note: previous Updates can be found on the Campaigns part of this web site at http://www.amershamsociety.org/index.php/campaigns/hs2-and-links).

 

 


 

House of Lords Select Committee

The latest programme of appearances from 15 November to 23 November is at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/high-speed-rail-london-west-midlands-bill-select-committee-lords/news-parliament-2015/committee-programme-15-23-nov/.

 

Review of petitioning procedures on Hybrid Bills in the House of Lords: views sought
In May and June this year, the first stage of the consultation on the review of the petitioning procedures on Hybrid Bills took place. Parliament is now inviting further submissions, as the process of petitioning before the Lords Select Committee on the HS2 Phase One Bill draws to a close. You can see details of how to submit your comments your comments here.


Appointment of Enabling Works Contracts
The £900m Enabling Works Contracts covering the whole of Phase One, from London to Birmingham and the connection to the West Coast Mainline at Handsacre have been awarded, with work due to begin in the spring 2017.

 

The following joint ventures will be appointed:

- Area South - CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Limited)

- Area Central (Buckinghamshire) – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)

- Area North - LM JV (Laing O'Rourke Construction Limited, J. Murphy & Sons Limited)

 

  • As well as archaeology, site clearance and establishing site compounds, the contractors will also deliver a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage work.

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