HS2 in Hansard 11/6/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will commission new survey data for

use in calculating the benefits of High Speed 2 to

business travellers. [158608]

Mr Simon Burns: The HS2 appraisal is consistent

with the Department’s standard transport appraisal

guidance(WebTAG) used across all departmental transport

schemes.WebTAG is kept under continuous review and

is updated annually to ensure that the appraisal of the

Department’s spending is based on the best available

evidence and analysis.

When necessary the Department will commission

newsurvey data to informappraisal andwhere appropriate

this will be applied to HS2.

Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when HS2 Ltd will (a) complete and (b)

publish an independent audit of passenger demand

forecasts and analysis. [158610]

Mr Simon Burns: The analysis of HS2 conducted to

inform the next update to the Business Case will be

conducted in line with the recommendations outlined in

the MacPherson report ‘Review of Quality Assurance

of Government models’which contains recommendations

on independent audit.

HS2 Ltd aims to publish key documentswhich describe

the assurance process applied to this analytical work

later this year.

Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether he plans to review his Department’s

benefit to cost ratio for High Speed 2 to take into

account the assumptions on the relationship between

passenger numbers and GDP growth that were

published in August 2012. [158611]

Mr Simon Burns: The HS2 appraisal is consistent

with the Department’s standard transport appraisal

guidance(WebTAG) used across all departmental transport

schemes.WebTAG is kept under continuous review and

is updated annually to ensure that the appraisal of the

Department’s spending is based on the best available

evidence and analysis.

The Economic Case for HS2 will be updated to

support the Phase 2 consultation and the passage of the

Hybrid Bill. This update will use the latest evidence

available and will be consistent withWebTAGguidance.

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport whether he has undertaken an evaluation of

the proposal to restore the Stonebridge Railway and

link it with the High Speed 2 interchange at

Stonebridge; and what assessment he has made of the

effect that this proposal would have on connectivity

between the High Speed 2 interchange and (a)

Coventry, (b) Nuneaton, (c) Tamworth and (d) the

wider region. [159277]

Mr McLoughlin: The proposal for the restoration of

the Stonebridge Railway and a link to HS2 would be a

regional rail scheme rather than an integral part of

HS2. It is, therefore, for the relevant local transport

authorities to consider and determine if they wish to

prioritise it.

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that the

Hybrid Bill process for High Speed 2 is compliant with

(a) the public participation requirements of the

Aarhus Convention and (b) the Environmental Impact

Assessment Directive. [R] [159346]

Mr McLoughlin: The Government intends to lay a

motion in the House proposing that Standing Orders

are amended to address these requirements. In particular

they would incorporate a period of consultation on the

Environmental Statement between introduction and second

reading for projects promoted via a hybrid Bill. This

follows the precedent set by the Crossrail Act and will

ensure that the decisions made at Second and Third

Reading on HS2 are informed by the public’s views on

its environmental effects.

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It will be for the House to decide whether these

changes should be made but the Government’s intention

is that the motion should be laid later this month.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/chan15.pdf

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