HS2 in Hansard 4/6/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what plans he has to compensate

communities for the loss of assets such as sports clubs

as a result of the construction of High Speed 2.

[157314]

Mr Simon Burns: If a community facility such as a

sports club has to move due to HS2 then the owners/

operators of that club will have a claim for compensation

that, subject to negotiation of that claim, should allow

that facility to relocate to an alternative site in the area.

This is what we would normally expect to happen and

we would seek to open negotiations on such an

arrangement, with the club/facility, at the appropriate

time.

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of

implementing a property bond scheme to facilitate a

functioning property market in areas facing blight as a

result of the planned High Speed 2 project. [157315]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have in the past

used various modelling assumptions to assess broad

HS2 property compensation policy options against each

other on a consistent basis. We do not though hold

estimates of the likely cost of any particular property

bond scheme. Property bond schemes for transport

projects have never been fully implemented in the UK,

so there is no available evidence about the cost of such

schemes in practice.

We are currently preparing to consult again on

discretionary property compensation schemes to support

people affected by the HS2 proposals. We hope to

provide further analysis of property bond scheme options

in the consultation documents.

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport with reference to the National Audit Office

report, High Speed 2: A review of early programme

preparation, published 16 May 2013, HC 124, what

plans he has to re-evaluate the business case for High

Speed 2. [157394]

Mr Simon Burns: The National Audit Office’s report

focused on an early iteration of the business case for

HS2, produced nearly two years ago. The Department

is committed to regularly updating the business case; to

take account of the latest information and check that

the programme is still on track to deliver value

money.

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