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Residents meet to discuss HS2 route concerns

Residents in South Yorkshire who face having their homes bulldozed to make way for a new HS2 rail route met last night to decide their next move as they campaign to save their neighbourhood.

The brand new Shimmer estate in Mexborough could be flattened, following changes to the proposed route for the high speed line. Local councillor Bev Chapman says it is more housing and people the town needs, not less.

And some residents, like Keeley Ronan had only moved into their new homes a few days before they heard the news.

Meanwhile HS2 Bosses will be on hand to answer questions at Mexborough Resource Centre, in Dolcliffe Road, from 12 noon today until 7 pm in the first of a series of roadshows being held throughout South Yorkshire to discuss proposed changes to the route.

Concern from stately home over new HS2 route

Concern is growing at a stately home in Wakefield after it was announced that a new HS2 route could cut through its grounds.

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The National Trust conservation charity, which looks after the site at Nostell Priory, only found out about plans to build the rail route through their estate on Thursday.

At this point in time obviously we're worried and this is a beautiful place. And this is a very important house, it's collection is very important and we're here to look after it and obviously we need to know what they're going to do to look after this place.

– Jenny Layfield, National Trust

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Major milestone for National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster is one step closer after Doncaster Council received the planning application for consideration.

A decision on the application is expected towards the end of the year. Subject to the necessary approvals, construction of the 7,200 square metre three-storey building is scheduled to start in April 2016 and open its doors in September 2017.

The National College for High Speed Rail, which was established in July this year, will provide specialist vocational training for the future generations of engineers.

It represents the next step in developing the highly skilled workforce needed to build HS2, the largest infrastructure project Britain has seen for decades, as well as future rail infrastructure projects.

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Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Lord Prescott warns of East/West divide

The Prime Minister has announced a new rail link which is supposed to bring cities across the North of England closer together but tonight it was claimed it could actually push them further apart.

The so-called High Speed 3 line would cut journey times between Hull and Liverpool - but the line would only be upgraded as far as Leeds and the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott says it risks creating a new East/West divide. James Webster reports.

Hull City council reacts to high speed rail news

Hull City Council is welcoming the announcement of a potential new high speed rail link between Hull and Liverpool but says it is more important to quickly get the line electrified all the way to Hull.

Chief Executive Darryl Stephenson is pushing to make sure the city council is part of any talks on how transport across the North can be improved:

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