HS2 in Hansard 14/03/2013

TRANSPORT
Euston Station
Maria Eagle:To ask the Secretary of State forTransport
what the proposed cost of the remodelling of Euston
station was at the time of publication of plans for High
Speed 2 between London and Birmingham; and what
the current estimate is of the cost of that project.[147852]
Mr Simon Burns: The proposed base costs of plans
for High Speed 2 between London and Birmingham of
the remodelling of Euston station were £1,170 million
(at second quarter 2011 prices) at the time of publication
in January 2012.
As is normal with large infrastructure projects like
HS2 we are continuing to develop and refine our designs
as we learn more about issues at specific sites on the
route and gain more certainty about the precise challenges
we need to overcome.
There are of course challenges on budgets, but equally
there are significant opportunities for the efficient delivery
of HS2. HS2 Ltd is working closely with DFT, IUK
and the wider industry to drive efficiencies into the
delivery of HS2 including our approach to Euston
station.
Prior to the submission of the Hybrid Bill later this
year we will publish an updated estimate of the costs for
Phase 1 of HS2.
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Eric Ollerenshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has of the number of jobs
created (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the North
West by the construction of High Speed 2. [147520]
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 Ltd’s appraisal, which does
not address the potential regional economic impacts of
HS2, suggests that on the western leg to Manchester the
proposed terminus station at Manchester Piccadilly is
predicted to support an estimated 29,700 jobs, and the
proposed interchange station at Manchester airport
would support an estimated 300 jobs. Further details
can be found in the Sustainability Summary document
published on 28 January and placed in the Libraries of
both Houses.
Phase Two of the scheme overall would be expected
to support the creation of some 60,000 jobs in the cities
of the Midlands and the North. Up to 10,000 jobs are
anticipated in construction; 1,400 in operation and
maintenance jobs; and almost 50,000 around the proposed
stations.
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