HS2 in Hansard 01/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what his Department’s plans are for the

compensation consultation for Phase 2 of High

Speed 2. [145543]

Mr Simon Burns: We are currently consulting on an

Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Phase Two. The

consultation document can be found at

http://www.hs2.org.uk

Answers can be made online via the same website.

Alternative formats are available and consultation responses

can also be sent by post or by e-mail. The consultation

will run from 28 January 2013 to 29 April 2013, after

which the responses will be considered and we will

publish a summary report along with next steps.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 September

2012, Official Report, column 243W, on High Speed 2

railway line, what the total cost to the public purse of

High Speed 2 has been to date across all Government

departments. [145818]

Mr Simon Burns: I refer my right hon. Friend to my

answer of 28 February 2013, Official Report, column

588W.

The expenditure on High Speed 2 by otherGovernment

Departments is not held by the Department. My right

hon. Friend would need to approach other Departments

directly for this information.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what plans he has to bring forward a paving

bill to authorise further spending on High Speed 2;

how much capital the bill will secure for the project;

and which specific aspects of High Speed 2 will be

funded by the capital so authorised. [145819]

Mr Simon Burns: When parliamentary time allows, it

is the Secretary of State’s intention to introduce a HS2

paving bill. The content of the legislative programme

for the third session will be set out in the Queen’s speech

in May.

The proposed paving bill would ensure that we are

able to deliver the HS2 project as fast as possible. It

would provide the Secretary of State with parliamentary

approval to incur essential expenditure on preparatory

works in advance of the proposed hybrid bill achieving

Royal Assent. This would allow the construction

programme to proceed as quickly as possible thereafter.

These preparatoryworks will include undertaking detailed

construction design, procurement activities and further

ecological surveys for the project.

We have not assigned a direct cash correlation to the

distinct amount of expenditure the paving bill will

facilitate separate to the rest of the HS2 project.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the current spending limit put in place

for the High Speed 2 project is; and how close his

Department is to reaching that limit. [145820]

Mr Simon Burns: The current total budget in the

financial year 2012-13 for both HS2 Ltd and the

Department for Transport is approximately £224 million.

Forecast expenditure for this financial year is expected

to be around £214 million. For the financial years

2013-14 and 2014-15 the budgets are yet to be determined

and are going through a process of finalisation.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the projected average speed is for trains

on (a) phase one of High Speed 2, (b) the Manchester

route of phase two of High Speed 2 and (c) the Leeds

route of phase two of High Speed 2. [145821]

Mr Simon Burns: Trains would initially be capable of

reaching a maximum operating speed of 225 miles per

hour (360kph). The railway alignment is being designed

to be capable of operating at up to 250 miles per hour

(400kph).

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport on what basis compensation packages will

be calculated for those properties affected by noise

pollution and visual impairment as a result of High

Speed 2; and whether such properties will be eligible for

compensation before completion of the track. [144737]

Mr Simon Burns: We will follow the existing

compensation code, as set out in Part 1 of the Land

Compensation Act 1973, subject to any enhancements

offered following the Phase 2 property compensation

consultation we intend to carry out in the future.

Alec Shelbrooke: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how his Department defines areas on the

route of High Speed 2 as (a) rural and (b) urban; and

how his Department classifies Woodlesford, West

Yorkshire under such a definition. [144738]

Mr Simon Burns: The Phase two initial preferred

route of HS2 has not been categorised into either urban

or rural for the appraisal work undertaken to date.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether and to what extent the maximum

distance a property must be from the route of High

Speed 2 to be eligible for an exceptional hardship

payment will be affected by the relative height above

ground of the route at that point. [144937]

Mr Simon Burns: We are currently consulting on the

Exceptional Hardship scheme for Phase Two of High

Speed 2, and I cannot pre-judge the outcome of that

consultation. However, for the Exceptional Hardship

scheme for Phase One there is no maximum distance

within which a property must be in order to qualify for

the Exceptional Hardship scheme. The decision is a

matter of judgement, with each property being considered

against a range of factors. In considering the location of

a property, aside from the property’s distance from the

line of route, there these factors include:

the particular characteristics of the property and the nature of

its local area, including its position and its surroundings;

the character of the line once completed (for example whether

it will run in a cutting or on a viaduct);

the likely impacts of the construction of the line in the area;

the topography of the area (for example if it is a flat flood

plain or hilly); and the distance to any nearby points of significant change to the

character of the line, for example a cut and cover tunnel entrance

or a viaduct.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how many consultants are working in his

Department on High Speed 2 and related matters; by

which organisations such consultants are employed;

and what amount (a) has been paid to date and (b) is

due to be paid to all consultants working on High

Speed 2. [145013]

Mr Simon Burns: There are currently no consultants

working in the Department for Transport on High

Speed 2, or related matters.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how many civil servants of each grade are

working on High Speed 2; and what the total cost of

such officials is in (a) salaries and (b) overheads

associated with their employment. [145018]

Mr Simon Burns: The number of civil servants in

each grade working on High Speed 2 together with total

salaries and overheads are shown in the following table.

This includes those working in the Department as well

as those seconded to HS2 Ltd.

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The Department does not apportion its central overheads

but the approximate total cost of the civil servants

monthly overhead working at HS2 Ltd is £59,000.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how much (a) his Department and (b) HS2

Ltd has paid in fees to WS Atkins for advice

concerning High Speed 2 in each financial year for

which information is available. [144928]

Mr Simon Burns: The fees paid to WS Atkins Ltd in

the last four financial years for advice and transport

assessment modelling are as follows:

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