HS2 in Hansard 19/6/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line
MrEllwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
what plans his Department has for the interface between
Cross Rail and High Speed 2 at Heathrow airport.
[160694]
Mr Simon Burns: At present, detailed plans have not
yet been made for how High Speed 2 will interface with
Crossrail at Heathrow airport. However, an interchange
between Crossrail, Great Western and High Speed 2
will be provided through a new station at Old Oak
Common in West London as part of Phase One of
HS2. This interchange will enable direct links to Heathrow
airport.
Work on the HS2 spur to Heathrow has been paused
pending the publication of the Airports Commission’s
work to examine the need for additional runway capacity
in the UK.
MrEllwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
whether double decker trains will be permitted to operate
on the High Speed 2 line. [160697]
Mr Simon Burns: HS2 will be built to the European
standard structure gauge for newlines—GCGauge—which
is the same as HS1. This gauge permits double deck
trains to be operated.
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