High Speed 2 Railway Line
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the report
from the Office of the Rail Regulator showing a decline
in usage across all rail sectors over the last 12 months
and the effect of this report on the economic evaluation
of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Simon Burns: Provisional statistics fromthe Office
of Rail Regulation on usage of the rail network indicate
that annual franchised passenger kilometres travelled
on the rail network increased from 56.9 billion in 2011-12
to 58 billion in 2012-13. This represents an increase of
46% since 2002-03. Growing usage of the rail network is
an important driver of the case for HS2. Network Rail
estimates suggest that theWest Coast Main Line will be
overwhelmed by the mid 2020s if we do nothing.