HS2 in Hansard 01/02/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what his latest estimate is of the total cost for High

Speed 2 including the newly announced route to Leeds

and Manchester; and on what date that estimate was

calculated. [140745]

Mr Simon Burns: When the Government announced

its decision to proceed with HS2 in January 2012, the

construction costs were estimated at around £16.3 billion

for Phase 1, and around £16.4 billion for Phase 2 (2011

prices). Having received advice on route options from

HS2 Ltd, the cost of the Government’s initial preferred

route, station and depot options for Phase Two, published

on 28 January 2013, is now estimated at around £16.8

billion, without the spur to Heathrow (if the spur is

included the costs for Phase Two would rise to around

£18.2 billion). Further information is available in the

Command Paper ’High SpeedRail, investing in Britain’s

Future, Phase 2: Leeds, Manchester, and beyond’.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport which consultancy companies are currently

contracted to (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) his Department;

what the contractual arrangements are in each case;

and what fee is being paid to each such company for

work connected to HS2. [140746]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested has

been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what plans his Department has to publicise

the announced consultation on compensation for

phase 2 of High Speed 2; and whether any advertising

will be placed in local papers along the route. [140788]

Mr Simon Burns: The HS2 Phase Two Exceptional

Hardship consultation has now begun. Those individuals

recorded by the Land Registry as owners of property or

land that has been identified as at risk due to the initial

preferred route for Phase Two of HS2, whose property

or land is located above a proposed tunnelled section of

the initial preferred route for Phase Two, or whose

property or land would be at risk or above a tunnelled

section of the published Heathrow spur route have

received a letter which notifies them of the EHS

compensation consultation. In addition, HS2 Ltd has

informed local authorities, libraries and Citizens’ Advice

Bureaux about these proposals and asked to display

consultation materials sent to them and make it available

to their clients. The EHS consultation will be advertised

in local newspapers along the line of route.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what surveys the contractors who gave advice to his

Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High

Speed 2 conducted in Stone constituency; [140936]

(2) how the contractors who gave advice to the

Department on the proposals for Phase 2 proceed with

their survey methods and over what time period.

[140967]

Mr Simon Burns: No surveys have been undertaken

to date in the Stone constituency to develop the initial

preferred scheme for Phase Two of HS2. The advice

submitted by HS2 Ltd for Phase Two identifies options

which best meet the remit for HS2 Ltd in terms of

passenger demand, cost, ease of build, journey time

and sustainability. An environmental impact assessment

for phase two which will take account of a wide range

of environmental information, including baseline site

surveys, is proposed to commence in 2015. Further

details can be found in the command paper and

sustainability summary documents published on 28 January

and placed in the House Libraries.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what criteria the contractors who gave advice to his

Department on the proposals for phase 2 of High

Speed 2 applied in making their assessments with regard

to the local environment, landscape and heritage in

Stone constituency. [140937]

Mr Simon Burns: The criteria that HS2 Ltd has

applied in making their assessments are described in the

published reports. Please see ″HS2 Phase Two Initial

Preferred Scheme—Sustainability Summary″ in particular.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-twoinitial-

preferred-scheme-sustainability-summary

Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries

of both Houses.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what public consultation and meetings were carried out

by the contractors who gave advice to his Department

on the proposals for phase 2 of High Speed 2 in making

their assessments with regard to the route through

Stone constituency. [140938]

Mr Simon Burns: No public consultation or meetings

have been undertaken regarding the development of

route options to minimise unnecessary blight and

uncertainty. The consultation on the Secretary of State

for Transport’s preferred route will start later this year.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what criteria he will apply to compensation for those

whose properties will be affected by High Speed 2;

[140940]

(2) what steps he will take to ensure that pre-blight

house prices are secured for those (a) eligible for

compulsory purchase or (b) under statutory blight as a

result of High Speed 2 in (i) route sectionHSM03Streethay

to Swynnerton, (ii) route section HSM06 Swynnerton

to Madeley and (iii) route section HSM08 Madeley to

Hough; [140960]

(3) what compensation he plans to make available to

homeowners living along the proposed High Speed 2

route between the route sections Streethay and Hough.

[140962]

Mr Simon Burns: For Phase One, the Government’s

proposals for compensation are set out in the property

consultation document ’High Speed Two: Property and

Compensation for London-West Midlands: Compensation

proposals for property owners and occupiers whose

properties may be affected by a high speed rail link’.

This consultation closed on 31 January. We will now

consider the responses.

The Government has announced a public consultation

on the proposed Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS)

for Phase Two of HS2. It will run until 29 April 2013.

This is an interim scheme which would remain in place

only until such time as the statutory blight provisions

apply to properties affected by Phase Two orwe introduce

a wider package of discretionary measures broadly

consistent with those for Phase One. At a later stage,

following a decision on the final route, and if the

Secretary of State forTransport decided to use compulsory

purchase powers to acquire land, the normal statutory

provisions for the assessment and payment of compensation

would apply.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

whether public funds will be made available for opposing

the relevant legal and planning rules and hybrid Bill

procedures of Phase 2 of High Speed 2. [140944]

Mr Simon Burns: There is no source of public funding

for people to bring legal challenges to the Government’s

decisions on HS2.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

in relation to Phase 2 of High Speed 2, what estimate his

Department has made of the value per hectare per year

of the affected land in (a) route section HSM03 Streethay

to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06 Swynnerton

to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08 Madeley to

Hough. [140945]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department does not hold

such information.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the

effect of Phase 2 of High Speed 2 on (a) the River

Trent and (b) other bodies of water. [140947]

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what his policy is on biodiversity offsetting

along the route of High Speed 2. [140731]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government is determined to

ensure thatHS2 is an environmentally responsible project.

Ministers and HS2 Ltd meet regularly with environmental

groups to discuss the environmental opportunities that

HS2 could offer, including the biodiversity offsetting.

The initial preferred scheme has emerged from several

hundred options as the one considered overall to best

meet HS2 sustainability objectives including sustainability.

The scheme development has included discussions with

the Government’s advisory bodies including Natural

England, the Environment Agency and English Heritage.

However, we are at an early stage in the development of

the scheme for Phase Two: more work will be undertaken

to refine the alignment and include mitigation and a

number of the impacts will reduce as the designs are

progressed.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

with reference to Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 railway

line, how many properties the Government would own

as a result of the proposals to proceed with (a) route

section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route

section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route

section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140948]

Mr Simon Burns: It is not possible to be certain how

many properties the Government would own in the

future in these areas. The agreed route may differ from

that proposed; the number of property owners who

may seek assistance through discretionary schemes is

not within the Department’s control; and the number of

properties owned by the Government will vary over

time.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how many valuations of properties accepted onto the

High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship scheme have been

disputed. [140955]

Mr Simon Burns: No valuations of properties accepted

onto the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme are currently

in dispute. Seven applicants have previously disputed

the price offered to them. These disputes have all now

been resolved.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what assessment he has made of properties

requiring access to the Exceptional Hardship scheme

for those living on or near to the proposed route for

Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 on the route sections

running from Streethay to Hough; [140956]

(2) what assessment he has made of properties

requiring access to the Exceptional Hardship scheme

for those living on or near to the proposed route for

Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 in rural areas. [140959]

Mr Simon Burns: We do not offer precise predictions

of either the gross or net costs of the various compensation

schemes that we have proposed. This is because the

number of property ownerswhomay seek compensation,

the circumstances of the propertieswhich theGovernment

might purchase, and the precise costs of properties

(especially if they are bought some time in the future)

are not within the Department’s control. We would not

want to imply that the budget is cash-limited and that

this would affect our willingness to purchase properties.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what assessment he has made of the cost to the taxpayer

of the construction of Phase 2 in (a) route sectionHSM03

Streethay to Swynnerton, (b) route section HSM06

Swynnerton to Madeley and (c) route section HSM08

Madeley to Hough. [140958]

Mr Simon Burns: Due to the scale, complexity and

timeframe of the project, our starting assumption is

that the funding and financing of HS2 infrastructure

would come in large part from central government

funds.While our base assumption is thatGovernment is

likely to have a central role in driving forward investment

in this vital infrastructure for the country we would

examine the potential for private financing to reduce

the up-front capital demand on the taxpayer and offer-value

for money. The construction costs estimated at this

stage are for an initial preferred route which begins the

process of engagement to determine the final route. The

Government’s initial preferred route, station and depot

options for Phase Two are estimated at around £16.8

billion, without the spur to Heathrow. This cost figure

falls within the cost range that HS2 Ltd produced for

Phase Two of £15.7 billion to £18.7 billion, reflecting

the necessary uncertainty involved in producing costs at

this early stage in the project.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how much expenditure (a) his Department and (b)

HS2 Ltd expects to incur on Phase 2 of the High Speed

2 programme, including on compensation payments.

[140961]

MrSimon Burns: HS2 Ltd is the Department’s executive

non-departmental public body, with a remit for the

delivery of HS2.Regarding the Department’s expenditure

on HS2, I refermy hon.Friend tomy answer of 23 October

2012, Official Report, column 768W, and my answer of

24 October 2012, Official Report, column 893W.

Regarding the cost of compensation payments, we do

not offer precise predictions of either the gross or net

costs of the various compensation schemes that we have

proposed. This is because the number of property owners

who may seek compensation, the circumstances of the

properties which the Government might purchase, and

the precise costs of properties especially if they are

bought some time in the future) are not within the

Department’s control.We would not want to imply that

the budget is cash-limited and that this would affect our

willingness to purchase properties.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the

effect of Phase 2 of High Speed 2 on residential

properties. [140964]

Mr Simon Burns: The initial preferred scheme has

emerged fromseveral hundred options as the one considered

overall to best meet objectives for passenger demand,

cost, ease-of-build, journey time and sustainability.

Considerations of sustainability have been integral to

scheme design since commencing work on Phase Two in

autumn 2010. During this time, sustainability has been

one of the key criteria in the development of route and

station proposals that fit as far as possible with the

environment and communities they pass. However,

the project is at an early stage in the development of the

scheme: more work will be undertaken to refine the

alignment and include mitigation such as landscaping

and noise barriers, and a number of the impacts will

reduce as the designs are progressed.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

who the contractors were who gave advice to the

Department on the proposals for Phase 2 in (a) route

section HSM03 Streethay to Swynnerton, (b)

route section HSM06 Swynnerton to Madeley and (c)

route section HSM08 Madeley to Hough. [140966]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has set up HS2

Ltd to provide advice on proposals for Phase Two.

Details of the consultants employed by HS2 Ltd are set

out in their reports, published on the DFT website on

28 January. Copies of the reports have been placed in

the Libraries of both Houses and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/high-speed-railinvesting-

in-britains-future-phase-two-the-route-to-leedsmanchester-

and-beyond

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport with reference to his Statement on HS2, what

consideration has been made for the provision of double

decker passenger trains operating on HS2. [141097]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 infrastructure will be built to

be compliant with the European Technical Standards

for Interoperability, the TSIs. The TSIs mandate that

the railway infrastructure is constructed to ‘GC gauge’.

Building to ‘GC Gauge’ requires all the structures on

the route, such as bridges, tunnels and viaducts to be

built with sufficient clearance to allow the operation of

TSI compliant rolling stock which would include Double

Deck passenger trains such as the TGV Duplex.

 

Staff

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how many officials have been transferred from any area

of the Civil Service to (a) his Department, (b) High

Speed 2 Ltd and (c) any other organisation, company

or consultancy working on High Speed 2 since 1 January

2009; fromwhich Department each such official transferred;

and what their (i) grade and (ii) salary scale was (A)

before and (B) after the transfer. [140806]

Mr Simon Burns: I can confirm that HS2 Ltd does

hold this information, but HS2 Ltd staff will draw it

together. As soon as this has been done I will write to

the right hon. Lady and place a copy of the letter in the

Library of the House.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport at which premises personnel working on

High Speed 2 are based; what the square footage is of

office space so occupied; and what rental is due for the

occupation of such space. [140807]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd personnel are based in two

locations, London and Birmingham. The details for the

London office are as follows:

Address

Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1 5DU

Square footage of office space

2nd floor: 29,731 sq ft

7th floor: 5,535 sq ft

Rental costs

2nd floor: 29, 731 sq ft—costs relating to HS2 Ltd’s

lease runs from 1 April 2012 to 31 October 2016 at a

rent of £40 per square foot with a 15-month rent free

period. No rent is payable therefore until 1 July 2013.

Thus in 2012-13 HS2 Ltd’s rent is zero. In 2013-14, rent

will be £1.209 million (nine months) and in 2014-15,

£1.612 million. These figures are inclusive of VAT.

There is no information yet available for the 7th floor as

this floor has been moved into only during the last

month and financial processes are yet to be put in place

for the transmission of cost information to HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd is also charged for 13.94% of the total

service charges (rates, heating etc) based on HS2 Ltd

occupying 13.94% of the building. This amounts to

£1.264 million per annum payable from 1 April 2012.

Thus total figures are for 2012-13—£1.264 million;

2013-14—£2.473 million (nine months rent) and 2014-

15—£2.876 million (full rent). These figures are inclusive

of VAT.

The details for the Birmingham office are as follows:

Address

St. Philips Place, Birmingham, B3 2PW

Square footage of office space

5th Floor: 525 sq ft

Rental costs

For the 5th floor, rent and service charge is roughly

£65,000 per annum with a rent rebate for three months

(1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013) of £8,000.

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