HS2 in Hansard 17/01/2013

Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) (Con):

To what extent does the Secretary of State plan to rely

on private sector money to fund HS2? Have the

Government approached or received any expressions of

interest from potential funders, including any foreign

sovereign wealth funds?

Mr McLoughlin: First and foremost, I want to get the

Bill for HS2 through the House. We will make further

announcements on HS2 in the near future.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport (1) over what time period he is assessing the

proposed link between HS1 and HS2 will provide sufficient

capacity; and if he will make a statement; [137692]

(2) whether Transport for London, Network Rail and

HS2 Ltd have assessedwhether the proposed link between

HS1 and HS2 will provide sufficient capacity for the

foreseeable future; and if he will make a statement.

[137695]

MrSimon Burns: The expected demand for international

passengers wishing to travel to/from regional UK cities

directly to/fromthe continentwas last assessed in September

2010 for which forecasts were produced for the year

2031. While there remains a strategic case for linking

HS2 with HS1 and the channel tunnel, the analysis has

shown that even in 2031 the expected international

market is relatively small compared to the domestic

market. My officials are continuing to work with HS2

Ltd to identify the best approach for providing the link.

Transport for London, Network Rail and HS2 Ltd

have all provided service predictions for this part of the

route for the foreseeable future. These forecasts have

informed the design of the link along the North London

Line. HS2 Ltd continues to work closely with TfL and

Network Rail to consider the operational requirements

of the link and a number of proposals have been

considered.

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