HS2 In Hansard 12/11/2013

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/chan75.pdf

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport (1) how many passenger train services will
stop at Stafford on High Speed 2 (HS2) after
completion of (a) phase 1 and (b) phase 2 of HS2.
[174718]
(2) how many passenger train services will run on the
West Coast Mainline servicing (a) London to Stafford
and (b) London to Stoke-on-Trent after completion of
(i) phase one and (ii) phase two of High Speed 2; and
what the average time will be of such journeys. [174719]
Mr Goodwill: The Department’s aim is that all towns
or cities which currently have a direct service to London
will retain broadly comparable or better services once
HS2 is completed.
It is not appropriate to specify the exact timetable for
train services that are planned to operate in 2026 when
HS2 Phase 1 services begin. The detailed timetable
development will take place nearer the time and will
consider operational considerations aswell as the forecast
passenger demand for services.
As highlighted in the Strategic Case, published on
29 October, in partnership with the railway industry, we
intend to announce, shortly, a transparent and participatory
process to consider long-term issues, opportunities and
options for rail services on HS2 corridors. This will
consider how these services can support the delivery of
economic growth on a sustainable basis.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport whether the five criteria referred to in the
document, Property Compensation Consultation for
London – West Midlands HS2 Route, are all weighted
equally; and if not, what are the weightings for each
criterion. [175277]
Mr Goodwill: We have not stated a weighting for the
five policy criteria set out in the consultation document,
and this means we consider them to be of equal importance.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many properties on Phase One of the
proposed route for High Speed 2, in rural areas only
and excluding those over deep bored tunnels, are within
(a) 120 metres, (b) 250 metres, (c) 300 metres, (d)
350 metres, (e) 400 metres, (f) 450 metres and (g)
500usb metres of the line. [175278]
Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd is working to compile this
information. I will write to my right hon. Friend shortly
and place a copy of that letter in the Libraries of the
House.
Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport how many properties in the entire
safeguarded area for Phase One of High Speed 2 are
assigned to be demolished. [175279]
Mr Goodwill: The total number of residential properties
to be demolished is 339 residential dwellings (265 buildings).
Not all properties within safeguarding are required to
be demolished. In addition to the number of residential
properties, there are 404 commercial units (312 buildings)
and 21 community facilities required for demolition.
Further information will be published as part of the
Environmental Statement and submitted with the hybrid
Bill later this year.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Minister for the
Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer to the hon.
Member for South Northamptonshire of 30 October
2013, Official Report, column 490W, on High Speed 2
railway line, whether the update referred to in the
answer will include the full test of the Major Projects
Authority Report on High Speed 2; and if he will bring
forward the publication date of that update. [175164]
Mr Maude: In line with the Government’s transparency
policy the next Annual Report on major projects will be
published in May 2014. It will include an overview of
the Government Major Projects Portfolio, including
data from the second quarter of the 2013-14 financial
year. Departments will publish detailed information on
each of their projects including RAG ratings, financial
information and schedules. Project Assurance Reports
are not included in the Annual Report.
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