HS2 in Hansard 17/07/2013

High Speed Rail (Phase 2 Update)
The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr Patrick
McLoughlin): Today I am beginning a period of public
consultation on the proposed route for phase 2. This is
the route the new high-speed line will take from the west
midlands to Manchester and Leeds, with connections
to the west and east coast main lines to serve the rest of
the north of England and Scotland.
HS2 will be a vital part of our infrastructure. This
new high-speed line will open up opportunities for this
country that we have not seen in generations. Its scope
to transform this country is enormous.
The delivery of a state-of-the-art, safe, reliable high-speed
network will not only better serve our great cities but
will return Britain to the forefront of engineering and
construction. We must seize the chance to deliver it.
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We can generate jobs, support regeneration and growth
in cites and unite regions. This will enable them to
better compete with the capital, building a stronger
Britain.
Phase 2 will turn HS2 into a truly national asset that
we can be proud of. It is vital that we get it right. We
need the views of the people who will be affected by the
HS2 line or who stand to benefit from it, including
representatives of cities and businesses to ensure that
the high-speed lines fromthewest midlands to Manchester,
Leeds and beyond are the very best that they can be.
This is an opportunity to strive for the very best in
every aspect—to boost our regions, to embrace new and
sustainable technology and to ensure the very best
passenger experience. The views we get during this
consultation will play an important part in informing
my decision on a final route, station and depot options
by the end of 2014.
The phase 2 consultation will run for six months and
will be accompanied by a series of public information
events from mid-October 2013 to early January 2014
where people will be able to review local information
and speak directlywith HS2 Ltd staff about the proposals.
Although HS2 will benefit the whole country, the
Government understand the impact and anxiety that
these proposals have on property owners affected by the
route. That is why I am today launching an exceptional
hardship scheme (EHS) to assist property owners during
the early stages of phase 2 development. The scheme is
designed to assist owner-occupiers of residential,
agricultural, and small business property before the
route itself is firmed up.
It is a temporary scheme to help peoplewhose properties
are affected by the plans for the line, and are experiencing
(or are at risk of experiencing) exceptional hardship
because they can not sell them. Successful applicants
will have their properties purchased at 100% of their
un-blighted open market value. That is, the value of the
property were there no proposals for phase 2 of HS2.
It is not the only opportunity for compensation. As
plans for the phase 2 line are firmed up, we will consider
options for further long-termdiscretionary compensation.
We will shortly launch a fresh consultation on such
options for phase 1. All this is in addition to statutory
compensation measures.
I am determined to find the solutions that benefit the
greatest number of people, best support our cities and
have the least impact on our environment. Our consultations
with the public are a vital part of achieving these
goals—we want people to join the debate on phase 2 of
HS2—and help us to shape a network we can all be
proud of.
Copies of the consultation document, “High Speed
Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future Consultation on the
route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds
and beyond”; “HS2 Phase Two Exceptional Hardship
Scheme Decision document”, and other supporting
documents will be placed in the Libraries of both
Houses.
High Speed 2 Railway Line
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport if he will publish the revised cost-to-benefit
ratio analysis of his revised costings for the HS2
project. [165139]
Mr Simon Burns: The Department and HS2 Ltd are
undertaking an extensive programme of work to update
the economic assessment for HS2 to reflect the latest
evidence, research and understanding of the project;
including revised costings. This work will inform the
next update to the business case for HS2 and will be
published later this year to support consultation on the
Phase Two route and the deposit of the Hybrid Bill for
Phase One.
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