HS2 in Hansard 07/03/13

High Speed 2 Railway Line
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what steps his Department is taking to seek
to ensure that High Speed 2 will be constructed using
British materials and British workers. [146459]
Mr Simon Burns: The Government’s National
Infrastructure Plan makes clear the importance of a
predictable and transparent pipeline of infrastructure
projects, which helps British companies gear up for and
respond to opportunities. HS2 forms a key element of
that long-term pipeline.
As the HS2 project moves forward, the Government
will do all it can to ensure that companies with a British
presence are well placed to compete for future contracts.
Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the total
carbon emissions that will result from the construction
of High Speed 2. [146480]
Mr Simon Burns: Early work in the 2011 Appraisal of
Sustainability for Phase One of HS2 estimated that the
carbon generated from construction is within a range
between 0.29 and 2.12 MtCO2e (million metric tons of
carbon dioxide equivalent). This estimate is based on
the carbon intensity of materials and the wide range
reflects the uncertainty about factors such as construction
methods at an early stage in a project’s development. A
further assessment is being undertaken and will be
made available in spring 2013 as part of the draft
Environmental Statement.
The carbon footprint for Phase Two will be included
in its Appraisal of Sustainability which will form part
of the consultation on the Phase Two preferred route
planned for later this year.
Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the potential
reductions in carbon emissions from (a) non-high
speed trains, (b) domestic air travel and (c) cars as a
result of High Speed 2. [146481]
MrSimon Burns:Appendix 2 of the 2011 HS2Appraisal
of Sustainability (AOS) contains initial estimates of the
effect of HS2 on carbon emissions from non-high speed
trains, domestic air travel and cars as a result of HS2.
The AOS is available at
For phase two, the results of the most up to date
carbon assessment are due to be published in theAppraisal
of Sustainability of Phase Two later this year.
Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what his most recent estimate is of the (a)
capital and (b) running costs of (i) High Speed 2 Phase
1 and (ii) High Speed 2 Phase 2 in respect of (A) rolling
stock, (B) track, signalling and other infrastructure and
(C) other costs. [146754]
Mr Simon Burns: In answer to his question about the
latest estimate of capital construction costs of HS2, I
refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 1 February 2013,
Official Report, columns 1006-07W, to my right hon.
Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs
Gillan).
On operational costs of the line, including rolling
stock, the latest information is provided in the appraisal
spreadsheets used for the August 2012 update of the
HS2 Economic Case. These are available from the HS2
Ltd website:
The Economic Case will continue to be updated as
development of the project progresses.
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