HS2 in Hansard 12/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the average
value of land per acre along the preferred route of
phase two of High Speed 2. [147184]
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd’s published costs and risk
model report sets out an estimate of the land costs
along the preferred route of phase two of £870 million.
This estimate will evolve over time as our proposals for
phase two are developed following consultation later
this year.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what his Department’s calculation is of the
cost per mile of the building of phase two of High
Speed 2. [147186]
Mr Simon Burns: As detailed in the January 2013
Command Paper “High SpeedRail: Investing in Britain’s
Future—Phase Two: The route to Leeds, Manchester
and beyond”, the Government’s initial preferred route,
station and depot options for PhaseTwo are nowestimated
at around £16.8 billion, without the spur to Heathrow.
This includes allowances for risk and optimism bias.
The length of theWestern Leg of Phase 2 is 95 miles,
and the Eastern Leg, 116 miles.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what steps his Department is taking to
ensure that the processes being followed on High Speed
2 comply with section 85 of the Countryside and
Rights of Way Act 2000 on the protection of areas of
outstanding natural beauty; and if he will make a
statement. [147302]
Mr Simon Burns: As set out in the response to the
2011 consultation, ‘High SpeedRail: Investing in Britain’s
Future—Decisions and Next Steps’ the Government
considers that HS2 is consistent with section 85 of the
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
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Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what recent discussions his Department has
had with HS2 Limited about the Chilterns Tunnel
Alternative Report produced by Peter Bretts
Associates; and if he will make a statement. [147303]
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd and the Department have
regular discussions on the developing design for HS2
Phase One. Officials in my Department are aware of the
contents of the report and the discussions that HS2 Ltd
have had with the Chilterns Ridges Action Group.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how much his Department has spent on the
High Speed 2 Judicial Review process to date; and if he
will make a statement. [147304]
Mr Simon Burns: To date, the Department has spent
£294,717 (exc. VAT) on the High Speed 2 Judicial
Review, in addition to DFT staff salary costs.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport (1) what additional budget has been
allocated to HS2 Limited to support changes to the
High Speed 2 Phase One design specification since
January 2012; and if he will make a statement; [147305]
(2) what additional budget has been allocated to HS2
Limited to support mitigation proposals for High
Speed 2 Phase One since January 2012; and if he will
make a statement; [147306]
(3) whether the total cost of the High Speed 2 Phase
One preferred line of route has increased in the last
12 months; and if he will make a statement. [147307]
Mr Simon Burns: The previous Secretary of State for
Transport,my right hon. Friend the Member for Putney
(Justine Greening), published estimated costs for Phase
One at the time of announcing her decision to proceed
with HS2, in January 2012. These were early stage
estimates, and HS2 Ltd are continuing to refine designs
in more detail to take account of site survey and other
locally-specific issues as well as developing thinking on
how future services and systems will operate.
Cost estimates are continuing to evolve as a consequence
of this work, and the Department is working closely
with HS2 Ltd to ensure that robust cost controls are in
place throughout this process.
Overall cost estimates will be updated to inform the
Estimate of Expense deposited with the hybrid Bill later
in 2013.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what steps his Department is taking to
ensure that the High Speed 2 Phase One environmental
impact assessment consultation complies with the
Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public
Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice
in Environmental Matters; and if he will make a
statement. [147310]
Mr Simon Burns: The Department and HS2 Ltd have
recognised and actively considered the requirements set
out in the Aarhus Convention and how they apply to
HS2as part of theirwork programmefor the environmental
statement and the hybrid Bill.
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