HS2 in Hansard 04/02/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Cash: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the private sector to contribute towards (a) High Speed 2 and (b) Phase 2 of the High Speed 2 Birmingham to Manchester route. [140950] 15W Written Answers 4 FEBRUARY 2013 Written Answers 16W

Danny Alexander: UK Infrastructure is attractive to potential investors, and therefore it is to be expected that the Government will consider opportunities for third party funding and financing. The Government has made clear that it will explore the scope for third party funding and financing in relation to High Speed 2, but it is not currently at a stage in the process where it is possible to take forward detailed discussions with potential investors.

Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to quantify the economic benefit to West Cumbria of High Speed 2. [141017]

Danny Alexander: The Government’s analysis of the economic case for High Speed 2 is being led by the Department for Transport.

The most recent assessment of the economic case for High Speed 2 can be found in the ‘Updated Economic Case for HS2’, published on the HS2 Ltd website in August 2012:

http://www.hs2.org.uk/sites/default/files/inserts/Updated%20economic%20case%20for%20HS2.pdf

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Mr Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the economic
benefit of High Speed 2 in West Cumbria. [141018]
Mr Simon Burns: Phase Two of High Speed 2 will
transformjourney times, capacity and connectivity between
major cities of the north, Midlands and London enabling
northern regions to fulfil their economic potential. Journey
time improvements will be possible from new classiccompatible
high speed trains serving Cumbria. HS2 will
also free up space for additional commuter, regional
and freight services on theWest Coast Mainline offering
more opportunity for services to meet local needs. Latest
estimates published in August 2012 suggest HS2 will
deliver net benefits of £64 billion including over £15 billion
in wider economic impacts. If local areas seize the
opportunity offered by HS2 these benefits could be
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greater, HS2 Ltd will undertake further work to assess
the sub-national, regional and local economic impacts
of HS2.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to
taxpayers of the compensation payments for the
construction of phase two of High Speed 2. [141342]
Mr Simon Burns: We do not offer precise predictions
of the costs of the compensation schemes for Phase
Two of HS2. 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.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many homes in Stafford constituency
will be demolished during the construction of phase
two of High Speed 2. [141343]
Mr Simon Burns: According to a January 2013 check
of geographical data by HS2 Ltd, five homes in Stafford
constituency would be demolished during construction
of Phase Two of HS2.
However, more work will be undertaken to refine the
alignment and include mitigation. Therefore, the potential
impactsmay change as designs are progressed. In particular,
the advice received during later public consultation will
be fundamental to the final scheme design.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the effect
on land and property values in Stafford constituency as
a result of the proposed route of High Speed 2.
[141344]
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the effect
on land and property values in Tamworth constituency
as a result of the High Speed 2 extension to Leeds.
[141536]
Mr Simon Burns: The Department has not undertaken
a specific assessment the effect that the initial preferred
route for Phase Two would have on land and property
values in the Stafford or Tamworth constituencies.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the number
of properties in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington
North which will be affected by the proposed route for
High Speed 2. [141437]
Mr Simon Burns: If the line is built along the initial
preferred route, then in theWarrington North constituency
area 21 properties would be demolished, of which four
are residential. A further three properties would be at
risk of demolition.
In the Warrington South constituency area three
residential properties would be demolished.We have no
estimate of the number of properties which may be
affected in other ways.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the potential
economic benefits of the proposed High Speed 2 extension
to Leeds to (a) individuals and (b) businesses inTamworth.
[141535]
Mr Simon Burns: Phase Two of High Speed 2 will
transformjourney times, capacity and connectivity between
major cities of the north, midlands and London, enabling
northern regions to fulfil their economic potential.
HS2 will also free up space for additional commuter,
regional and freight services on theWest Coast Mainline
offering more opportunity for services to meet local
needs. Latest estimates published inAugust 2012 suggest
HS2 will deliver net benefits of £64 billion, including
over £15 billion in wider economic impacts. If local
areas seize the opportunity offered by HS2 these benefits
could be greater. HS2 Ltd will undertake further work
to assess the sub-national, regional and local economic
impacts of HS2.
We will deliver a fair deal for people whose homes,
land or businesses will be affected by construction by
continuing to offer a generous compensation package
and investing millions in tunnels and other mitigation
measures.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the number of
jobs that will be created in each city along the proposed
route of High Speed 2 as a result of that project. [141576]
Mr Simon Burns: Initial work on the potentially
significant opportunities offered by HS2 indicates that
Phase Two of the scheme would be expected to support
some 49,700 jobs.
On the western leg to Manchester, the proposed
terminus station at Manchester Piccadilly is predicted
to support an estimated 29,700 jobs and the proposed
interchange station atManchester airport would support
an estimated 300 jobs.
On the eastern leg to Leeds, it is estimated that the
Leeds New Lane station could support an estimated
13,200 jobs; the East Midlands Hub could support an
estimated 1,500 jobs, while Sheffield Meadowhall station
could support an estimated 5,000 jobs.
Further details can be found in the Sustainability
Summary document published on 28 January and placed
in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
whether compensation arrangements set up for phase 2
of High Speed 2 will be made under the terms of the
(a) Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, (b) Land
Compensation Act 1973 and (c) Acquisition of Land
Act 1981. [141674]
Mr Simon Burns: At present we are proposing an
exceptional hardship scheme for Phase Two. This would
be a discretionary scheme, making compensation available
beyond the requirements of statute, though not replacing
any statutory entitlement. At a later stage, following a
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decision on the final route and if the Secretary of State
decided to use compulsory powers to acquire land, the
normal statutory provisions for the assessment and
payment of compensation would apply.
Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport on what basis his Department will compensate
those affected by the proposed High Speed 2 extension
to Leeds; when he anticipates compensation will be
paid; and which valuations will be used to decide on the
amount of such compensation. [141702]
Mr Simon Burns: The Government has announced a
public consultation on the proposed Exceptional Hardship
Scheme (EHS) for Phase Two of HS2. The consultation
document includes the details of the Government’s
proposals and is available on the HS2 Ltd website at:
The consultation will close on 29 April 2013. The
Exceptional Hardship Scheme would be an interim
scheme, to remain in place only until such time as the
statutory blight provisions apply to properties affected
by Phase Two or we 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 decided to
use compulsory purchase powers to acquire land, the
normal statutory provisions for the assessment and
payment of compensation would apply.
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