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Greengauge HS2 landtake muddle

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In its 2018 investigation of property acquisition for the HS2 railway, the National Audit Office noted that about 70 square kilometres of land was needed for phase one.

NAO, HS2, land and property acquisition, 13 Sep 2018 (extract)

But according to Jim Steer’s Greengauge 21 blog (25 July 2013), the land needed would be 11.7 square kilometres.

GG21, HS2 land take, 25 Jul 2013

At least one of these estimates must be incorrect. So, who might be more reliable?

Jim has a track record of getting things wrong (see, for example, his early claims for the cost of HS2). In this case, his error seems to have been getting his designer to make up a fancy graphic, using figures from an unreliable blog.

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Written by beleben

January 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Posted in HS2, Railways

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  1. The Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) learnt last week from Fusion that 200 hectares is to be completely cleared of vegetation starting now. That is two square kilometres all by itself for one maintenance depot in north Bucks between Calvert and Steeple Claydon. That’s a big part of Chris Howe’s 11.7 sq km! Oh, and it’s the bird nesting season so ecologists will check where birds are nesting and the contractors heavy plant will work around them we are told. All trees, bushes and scrub are to be destroyed to ground level. An environmental crime by any standards.

    Richard Birch

    February 22, 2019 at 7:46 am


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