HS2 in Hansard 6/6/2013

TRANSPORT

Accident and Emergency Departments: High Speed 2

Railway Line

Mrs Gillan:  To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what assessment he has made of the effect and change

in response times that HS2 construction traffic will have

on the accident and emergency ambulance routes along

the length of the London to Birmingham route of HS2;

and if he will make a statement. [158186]

Mr Simon Burns: As part of the Transport Assessment

being prepared for the Hybrid Bill by HS2 Ltd, the

effects on traffic flow during the construction of HS2

Phase One are being assessed. These effects and proposed

mitigation will be reported as part of the Environmental

Statement to be submitted with the Hybrid Bill.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

LilianGreenwood: ToasktheSecretaryof StateforTransport

whether he plans formally to respond to the findings of

the NationalAudit Office report, High Speed 2: a review

of early programme preparation, published on 16 May

2013. [157984]

Mr Simon Burns: The National Audit Office report

will inform a hearing on the High Speed 2 programme

by the Committee for Public Accounts. The Government

will formally respond to the Committee following the

hearing, outlining any agreed actions in response to the

Committee’s examination of the programme.

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what plans his Department has to avoid the

loss of areas of ancientwoodland during the construction

of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement.

[158298]

Mr Simon Burns: This Department, and HS2 Ltd,

take their obligation to conserve ancient woodlands

very seriously. However, a scheme of this magnitude

can not be built without some impacts. By careful

design of the route and strict controls during construction

we are seeking to reduce, as far as practicable, impacts

on ancient woodlands. For example, the provision of a

tunnel at Long Itchington avoids the ancient wood here

and a retained cutting minimises land take at South

Cubbington Wood.

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what discussions his Department has had

with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural

Affairs on measures to minimise the impact on ancient

woodland of the construction of High Speed 2; and if

he will make a statement. [158299]

Mr Simon Burns: Officials liaise on a regular basis

with their counterparts at the Department for Environment,

Food and Rural Affairs to better understand the

implications of the HS2 scheme on the environment

and ways to mitigate these effects.

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