HS2 in Hansard 13/05/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when officials of his Department were first

informed of the 40 per cent under estimate by HS2 of

the cost of planned works at Euston Station. [154009]

Mr Simon Burns: Officials at the Department were

informed in December 2012 that HS2 Ltdwere considering

an alternative scheme for Euston station that could be

delivered more efficiently with less disruption than the

consulted scheme.

The Department will shortly be publishing a draft

Environmental Statement, and an associated consultation

on a limited number of design changes, including Euston

station. The Secretary of State for Transport is keen to

understand stakeholders’ views through this consultation,

prior to making a final decision on the contents of the

Hybrid Bill in November this year.

House of Commons

Monday 13 May 2013

The House met at half-past Two o’clock

PRAYERS

[MR SPEAKER in the Chair]

BILL PRESENTED

HIGH SPEED RAIL (PREPARATION) BILL

Presentation and FirstReading (Standing Order No. 57)

Patrick McLoughlin, supported by the PrimeMinister,

the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the

Exchequer, SecretaryVince Cable, Secretary Iain Duncan

Smith, Secretary Eric Pickles, Secretary Owen Paterson,

Secretary Edward Davey and Mr Simon Burns, presented

a Bill to make provision authorising expenditure in

preparation for a high speed railway transport network.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time

tomorrow, and to be printed (Bill 10) with explanatory

notes (Bill 10-EN).

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