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Our new Energy and Transportation report: what’s in it for you

Following the approach set in the Avista, the new Groundsure Energy and Transportation report effectively combines and improves on several individual reports. By bringing these together into one search, there’s fewer reports required to get a more complete view of a site and there’s no duplication of data in places where the old reports could...

HS2 ‘Notice to proceed’ issued on 15th April 2020

Given the understandable news focus elsewhere in the last few weeks, it would be easy to miss the announcement by the government on the 15th April, that they have issued a ‘Notice to proceed’ for Phase 1 of HS2, linking London to Birmingham. This means that contractors have formal approval for the main construction works...

Onshore wind is back on the agenda

For the last four years there has been an effective ban on onshore wind. Now the government have published the detail1 of the proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, it’s clear that one barrier to onshore wind is likely to be removed (the subsidy issue). Larger scale wind developments have not been...

Will HS2 have the ‘Crossrail effect’ for property prices near stations?

It’s likely there will be some kind of uplift for properties in the vicinity of HS2 hubs and stations. However I would think it unlikely that the effect would be so pronounced as the 30-60% uplift reported around Crossrail stations, given that Crossrail is opening up easy commuting in the very heated London property market....

Air pollution on the London Underground: The effects and what is being done

Air pollution in the London Underground Air pollution has experienced an upturn in topicality recently, due to attention provoked by the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone policy by the London Mayoral administration and that the Supreme Court ruling three times last decade (2015, 2016, 2018) that the UK Government is in breach of EU...

HS2 – what is the future of the scheme?

Uncertainty, misinformation and political unrest are not a new phenomenon within the United Kingdom. However, we are currently passing through particularly turbulent and uncertain times and the future of HS2 is contributing to this. This project has been inherited by three conservative prime ministers and four different conservative/ coalition governments, after it was originally devised...