HS2 in Hansard 31/01/2013

TRANSPORT

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what proportion of the estimated £1.3 billion

purchase and compensation costs of the HS2 project

relates to the area around Euston station. [140392]

Mr Simon Burns: The £1.3 billion figure represents a

modelling output that may be taken as a broad guide to

the net cost of the property compensation schemes set

out in the current consultation documents. It would be

misleading to attempt to disaggregate this figure further,

because in practice theremay be awide range of outcomes,

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depending on the final form of property compensation

schemes, the number of property owners who seek

compensation, the circumstances of the properties which

theGovernment might purchase, and future local property

market trends.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate he has made of the additional

cost of extending the HS2 purchase and compensation

regime outside the M25 to the area inside the M25.

[140393]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government believes that it

would be contrary to the public interest to release

details of our modelling as to the additional cost of

extending the HS2 purchase and compensation regime

outside the M25 to the area inside the M25. This is

because such details are likely to be misrepresented and

to mislead prospective property buyers about the future

value of properties near the HS2 route. This would risk

undermining local property markets and creating

unnecessary property blight.

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport for what reasons the proposals for the

Heathrow High Speed 2 spur and station are not

currently planned to be part of the High Speed 2 phase

two consultation. [140732]

Mr Simon Burns: As stated in January 2012, the

Government believes the HS2 network should link to

Heathrow and its preferred option is for this to be built

as part of Phase Two. However, the Government has

since established an independent Airports Commission

to recommend options for maintaining the country’s

status as an international aviation hub.We have therefore

taken the decision to pausework on the spur to Heathrow

until after 2015 when we expect the Airports Commission

to publish its final report.

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