HS2 in Hansard 11/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate his Department has made of
the number of homes within (a) 10, (b) 50, (c) 100
and (d) 500 metres of the published preferred route of
phase two of High Speed 2 in (i) Stafford constituency,
(ii) Staffordshire and (iii) England. [147175]
Mr Simon Burns: We currently estimate that there
would be approximately 3,300 dwellings within 100
metres of the surface route and the provisional station
and depot construction boundaries on the Manchester
and Leeds legs of the route.We do not currently have an
estimate for (i) Stafford Constituency or (ii) Staffordshire.
The Department has made no estimate of the number
of homes within (a) 10, (b) 50, and (d) 500 metres of
the published preferred route of phase two of High
Speed 2 in (i) Stafford constituency, (ii) Staffordshire
and (iii) England.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transportwhat assumptionsweremadein his Department’s
business case for High Speed 2 of available connectivity
of mobile voice and data services along the route.
[147183]
Mr Simon Burns: The business case for HS2 does not
make any assumptions about the available connectivity
of mobile voice and data services along the route.
It is too early to make detailed decisions now about
the communications technology that will be needed in
the late 2020s and beyond.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport (1) what criteria were used by HS2 Limited
to determine whether mitigation proposals should be
included within the forthcoming High Speed 2 draft
environmental impact assessment consultation; and if
he will make a statement; [147308]
(2) what criteria were used by HS2 Limited to assess
mitigation proposals for High Speed 2 Phase One; and
if he will make a statement. [147309]
Mr Simon Burns: The development of mitigation for
HS2 Phase One is an ongoing exercise as part of the
environmental impact assessment (EIA) process. The
EIA will identify the likely significant environmental
effects of the scheme. Where these effects are adverse,
HS2 Ltd’s environmental specialists propose approaches
to avoid or reduce as far as practicable these effects. The
main factor that influences the development of appropriate
mitigation for significant effects is value for money for
the tax payer incorporating issues such as engineering
feasibility, effectiveness of the mitigation, cost and the
impact of mitigation on the benefits of the project, such
as journey time or regeneration benefits.
Draft information for the environmental statement,
which will set out the emerging view of the likely
significant environmental effects of the project and
mitigation proposals, is due to be consulted upon in
spring 2013. Mitigation proposals will continue to be
refined in light of the consultation and the developing
design before being finalised for deposit of the hybrid
Bill by the end of the year.
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