HS2 in Hansard 25/02/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that any long-term planning to link High Speed 2 to High Speed 1 and continental European services explores options that (a) provide the best value for money and (b) minimise disruption from construction works. [144007]

Mr Simon Burns: A direct link between HS2 and HS1 would create the opportunity for services to destinations on the European high speed rail network. Departmental officials are continuing to work with HS2 Ltd to identify the best approach for providing the link. Securing value for money and minimising disruption from construction works are important considerations for the entire high speed rail project, including the proposed HS1/HS2 link.

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many homes in (a) Stafford constituency and (b) England have been issued with a compulsory purchase order following the publication of phase two of the High Speed 2 line. [144014]

Mr Simon Burns: None. Compulsory purchase for the purpose of constructing HS2 will take place only when and if Parliament grants powers following consideration of a relevant Hybrid Bill.