HS2 in Hansard 18/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Culture, Media and Sportwhat proportion of the preferred
route of the High Speed 2 train line is (a) currently and
(b) expected to be serviced by (i) mobile telephone, (ii)
3G data and (iii) 4G data signal coverage. [147185]
Mr Vaizey: We have not assessed current mobile
service coverage over the preferred HS2 route. The
potential for improved mobile phone and data coverage
for passengers on HS2 trains will be considered by the
Department for Transport as part of the development
of the railway. It is too early to make detailed decisions
now about the communications technology that will be
needed in the late 2020s and beyond.
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government whether his
Department intends to bring forward proposals to alter
planning rules to permit wider development along the
High Speed 2 route corridor. [145577]
Nick Boles: TheDepartment for Transport have stated
that it is their intention to introduce a hybrid Bill to
facilitate the construction of the railway line which
crosses multiple local authority areas. Previous
Administrations used hybrid Bills to authorise the
construction of Crossrail and the Channel Tunnel Rail
Link.
But we have no plans to make any specific planning
changes in respect of wider development along the
High Speed 2 route corridor.
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