HS2 in Hansard 22/11/2013

Ian Swales: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely reduction in the journey time by train between Leeds and Manchester following completion of High Speed 2. [175465]

Mr Goodwill: Journey time between Leeds and Manchester is expected to reduce in 2018 with electrification of the Leeds-Manchester route. Current plans for High Speed 2 do not include a direct Leeds-Manchester line.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the reference to the suggested weightings of hisDepartment’s policy aims in Appendix 1 of the commissioned HS2 Property Bond report by Deloitte LLP relate to the criteria which will inform the Government’s decision on the compensation scheme for High Speed 2; [176467]

(2) whether his Department has provided Deloitte LLP with a statement that the five policy criteria that will inform the decision on compensation relating to High Speed 2 are to be regarded as of equal importance; [176468]

(3) whether representatives of his Department attended the workshop that Deloitte LLP arranged to review the various options against the five policy criteria report. [176469]

Mr Goodwill: Subsequent to receipt of the reference to relative weightings you refer to, the Department instructed Deloitte LLP to produce analysis based upon an equal weighting of policy criteria. Representatives did not attend the Deloitte LLP workshop on policy options and as the Deloitte report itself makes clear, the advice produced and publishedwas generated independently of the Department and based upon an equal weighting of the policy criteria designed to inform the decision on further discretionary compensation for Phase One of HS2.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many HS2 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. [176470]
Mr Goodwill: As at 20 November 2013:

Criterion Applications rejected
Phase 1
One 29
Two 119
Three 196
Four 0
Five 286
Phase 2
One 1
Two 4
Three 13
Four 0
Five 11

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.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to amend the safeguarding zone to include those properties which HS2 Ltd has
identified as being at risk of compulsory purchase but which fall outside the current safeguarding zone boundaries. [176727]

Mr Goodwill: It is intended that safeguarding will be updated periodically to reflect ongoing design developments. We are planning for the next review of the boundaries to take place following deposit of the hybrid Bill.