HS2 in Hansard 26/03/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Mr Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State
for Transport what assessment he has made of the
effects on the East coast mainline of the construction
of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement.
[149457]
Mr Simon Burns: High Speed 2 will transformjourney
times, capacity and connectivity between major cities of
the north, midlands and London. Journey time
improvements will be possible fromnewclassic-compatible
high speed trains serving destinations on the east coast
main line north of Leeds following completion of phase
two of the scheme. HS2 will also free up space for
additional commuter, regional and freight services on
the east coast main line offering more opportunity for
services to meet local needs. Latest estimates published
in August 2012 suggest HS2 will deliver benefits of
£2 for every £1 spent, including impacts on the east
coast main line.
David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the
potential effect of the recent judgement handed down
in R (on application of Buckinghamshire County
Council and Others) v Secretary of State for Transport
2013 on the (a) length of the consultation and (b)
announcement of the final design of the Exceptional
Hardship Scheme for those affected by phase 2 of High
Speed 2; what his most recent estimate is of the likely
date of the final announcement; and if he will make a
statement; [149532]
(2) what changes he has made to the consultation on
the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for those affected by
phase 2 of High Speed 2 as a result of the recent
judgement handed down in the case of R (on
application of Buckinghamshire County Council and
Others) v Secretary of State for Transport 2013; and if
he will make a statement. [149533]
Mr Simon Burns: The recent judgment has no effect
on the EHS for phase two of HS2. We will not be
altering the length of the consultation, or altering the
consultation in any other way. Subject to the outcome
of the current consultation, which ends on 29 April
2013, we anticipate announcing the scheme later this
year as the Government sees a strong case for providing
early appropriate assistance for thosewhomay be suffering
exceptional hardship.
Mr Khalid Mahmood: To ask the Secretary of State
for Transport what proportion of the jobs associated
with the development phase of High Speed 2 will be
based in (a) Greater London and (b) Birmingham.
[150133]
Mr Simon Burns: As at the end of February, there
were 364 staff within the core HS2 Ltd organisation
engaged in the development of High Speed 2. This
figure includes directly employed staff aswell as secondees
and development partner staff. Five employees are currently
based in Birmingham with the remainder in London.
HS2 Ltd anticipates the number of employees outside
London in the future will reflect the places the network
will serve. To this end, the company will be conducting
a strategic review in due course as to where HS2 staff
will be located during the development phase of the
project.
Advertisements