HS2 in Hansard 07/02/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport (1) what steps his Department is taking to

mitigate the effect of the HS2 extension to Leeds on

road commuters using the A5 as a result of the

redevelopment of junction 10 of the M42; [141600]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to mitigate

the effect of the HS2 extension to Leeds on businesses

in Relay Park as a result of the redevelopment of

junction 10 of the M42; [141601]

(3) what steps his Department is taking to mitigate

the effect of the HS2 extension to Leeds on homes and

properties in Hockley and Overwoods Road. [141602]

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, the sustainability team

has worked closely with the engineers to develop route

and station proposals that fit as far as possible with the

environment and communities they pass.

However, we are at an early stage in the development

of the scheme: more work will be undertaken by HS2

Ltd 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.

HS2Ltd will consult with local authorities, the Highway’s

Agency and other relevant bodies to ensure that traffic

disruption to the A5 will be kept to a minimum in the

event of any redevelopment of junction 10 of the M42.

Mr Cash: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

whether the proposed limits of deviation for High

Speed 2 cover land subject to private enactments or

secondary legislation. [141675]

Mr Simon Burns: Limits of deviation have not yet

been proposed for High Speed 2, this will be done as

part of the hybrid Bill submission. As part of this, land

included within the limits of deviation will be checked

to determine whether they are subject to any private

legislation.

Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport (1) how much capital towards the building of

HS2 he expects to raise from local authorities whose

areas will benefit from the new line; and if he will make

a statement; [142075]

(2) how he will determine which local authorities

benefit from the building of HS2 enough to determine

that they should contribute to its capital costs; [142077]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government intends to offer

local authorities, and their public and private sector

partners, opportunities to contribute to theHS2programme

so that they may secure valuable benefits for local

people and local businesses. The nature of those

opportunities, and the contributions made, may take a

wide range of forms reflecting varied local circumstances.

We do not intend to prejudice the outcome of future

discussions and negotiations.

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate he has made of the number of

households in Warrington North constituency which

would be adversely affected by the proposed route for

High Speed 2. [142109]

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. We have no estimate of the number

of properties which may be affected in other ways.

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