HS2 in Hansard 17/6/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) what working assumptions his Department has used
on the level of expected financial contribution from
local authorities on the proposed route of High Speed 2;
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(2) what estimate he has made of the extra costs to be
borne by local authorities along the proposed High
Speed 2 route; and if he will make a statement. [159867]
Mr Simon Burns: It is our expectation that, due to the
scale and nature of the project, High Speed 2 will be
largely funded by central Government. However, where
there are parties who would benefit directly from the
opportunities and the development that HS2 would
generate—including local authorities—it is fair and right
that they consider supporting the project financially.
The Department has no specific figure in mind for
the level of financial contribution from local authorities
to support High Speed 2. In specific regard to Manchester
Airport station, we have made clear that our support
for adding this to the scheme is dependent on a significant
local funding contribution.
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