HS2 in Hansard 18/11/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport how his Department calculated the

contingency sums included in the estimated costs for

the (a) construction of and (b) rolling stock for High

Speed 2.

Mr Goodwill: The approach to calculating contingency

for HS2 is set out in the HS2 Cost and Risk Status

Report recently published by HS2 Ltd alongside the

strategic and economic cases.

For Phase One construction costs the contingency

has been estimated using a Quantified Risk Assessment.

For Phase Two construction costs the contingency

includes, on top of the Quantified Risk Assessment, an

explicit allowance for Optimism Bias. The difference in

approach for the two phases represents the more advanced

stage of design and development of Phase One.

A Quantified Risk Assessment has not been carried

out in relation to Rolling Stock manufacturing costs.

While the base estimates used by HS2 Ltd are towards

the upper end of evidence collected regarding European

rolling stock contract awards additional optimism bias

has been applied. The uplifts applied are set out in the

HS2 Cost and Risk Status Report.

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport who is responsible for track and infrastructure

maintenance on High Speed 2.

Mr Goodwill: Phase one of High Speed Two from

London to Birmingham will not open until 2026. No

decision has been taken on who will be responsible for

the future maintenance of the line.

Mr Alan Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what assessment he has made of the

economic benefit to the North East of High Speed 2.


Mr Goodwill: High Speed 2 (HS2) will deliver a

transformational change in journey times, capacity and

connectivity between major cities in the UK. It will

enable cities in the north-east such as Newcastle, York

and Leeds to fulfil their economic potential by bringing

them closer together as well as to London. Journey time

improvements will be possible fromnewclassic-compatible

high speed trains serving these cities. HS2 will free up

space for additional commuter, regional and freight

services on the classic network offering more services to

meet local needs.

HS2 Ltd recently commissioned KPMG to produce a

report looking at the regional economic impact of HS2.

The report, which was published in September 2013,

shows that the estimated annual benefit for the north-east

region is between £500 million and £700 million in

2037. This would represent a 1.1% to 1.6% increase as a

proportion of regional gross value added.

Mr Alan Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimates he has made of the frequency

of train services between Newcastle and London after

High Speed 2 has become operational. [175227]

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.

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport howmany High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship

Scheme (EHS) applications have been rejected on grounds

that they failed to fulfil EHS criteria (a) one, (b) two,

(c) three, (d) four and (e) five to date. [175357]

Mr Goodwill: As at 11 November 2013:

Criterion Applications rejected
Phase 1
One 29
Two 117
Three 194
Four 0
Five 283
Phase 2
One 1
Two 4
Three 10
Four 0
Five 7


1. Applications that have been accepted overall, despite not meeting

one or more of the criteria, have been excluded from the table.

2. The above totals reflect all rejected applications including all

reapplications and those from applicants whose later reapplications

were accepted.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport when the extension of High Speed 2 to

Yorkshire will be complete. [175389]

Mr Goodwill: Subject to statutory and parliamentary

approvals,we expect phase two of HS2, fromBirmingham

to Leeds and Manchester, to be complete by 2032-33.

Testing of the line is expected to start in early 2031.