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High Speed 2 Railway Line
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transportwhether he has commissioned an environmental
impact assessment to cover the noise footprint of the
proposed High Speed 2 railway line; and when any such
assessment will be published. [141854]
Mr Simon Burns: At this early stage in the development
of the Phase Two scheme, the noise appraisal has sought
only to identify areas at relatively greater risk of experiencing
noise impact. This will help determine the potential
need for, and approximate location of, noise mitigation.
With this mitigation included in the design, the noise
model will be re-run for the preferred scheme to obtain
a clearer early view on where noise impacts are likely to
be. An environmental impact assessment for the scheme
taking account of a wide range of environmental
information is proposed to commence in 2015 and will
be published in due course. Further details can be found
in the Command Paper and Sustainability Summary
documents published on 28 January and placed in the
House Libraries.
Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transportwhat discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials
in his Department have had with (i) local authorities
along the route and (ii) the LocalGovernment Association
about proposed contributions by these bodies towards
meeting the cost of High Speed 2. [142248]
Mr Simon Burns: Department for Transport officials
and Ministers have discussed, in broad terms, the potential
for local and private sector contributions to HS2, in the
context of wider discussions with local authorities serving
areas that may benefit from new HS2 stations. There
have been no specific discussions on this subject with
the Local Government Association. Discussions about
specific proposals for contributions are largely for the
future. We do not intend to prejudice the outcome of
discussions and negotiations that are yet to take place