HS2 in Hansard 25/11/2013


High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill

The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr Patrick

McLoughlin): Later today the High Speed Rail (London

-West Midlands) Bill will receive its First Reading. This

is a significant step forward in the Government’s strategy

for a high-speed rail network that will address the

critical capacity constraints that we face and improve

connectivity between our great cities. This is vital to

ensure that the country is equipped to compete economically

in the 21st century.

The Bill includes the powers necessary to construct

and operate phase 1 of HS2 between London and the

west midlands.Alongside the Bill I will also be publishing

several other related documents.

As required by Standing Orders I will publish an

environmental statement (ES) alongside the Bill. This

ES describes the railway, the alternatives considered to

it, the significant environmental effects that are likely to

arise fromits construction and operation, and the measures

proposed to avoid or reduce these effects. It has been

informed by the consultation on the draft environmental

statement held earlier this year and includes HS2 Ltd’s

response to that consultation.

Following publication of the ES a public consultation

will be held that will close on 24 January 2014. A report

summarising the responses will be produced by an

independent assessor appointed by the House authorities.

I will also publish the Command Paper “The

Government response to the HS2 Design Refinement

Consultation”. In October I announced my decisions in

relation to the proposals for tunnels at Northolt and

Bromford, and this document sets out my decisions in

relation to the remaining 12 design proposals that were

consulted on between May and July this year.

I will also publish two Command Papers addressing

issues outstanding from the October 2012 property and

compensation consultation. “HS2 Property and

Compensation for London-West Midlands Decision

document—Impact on Social Rented Housing” sets out

the Government’s approach to the replacement of lost

social rented housing. It affirms our commitment to

working with key stakeholders in order to ensure that

where social rented housing is lost as a result of HS2, it

is replaced in a manner sympathetic to local needs and

reflective of the relevant local authority’s strategy for

social housing.

“HS2 Property and Compensation for London-West

Midlands Decision document—Properties aboveTunnels”

addresses our policies relating to properties above tunnels

and other underground excavations, providing clarity

and reassurance for property owners and the wider


High Speed 2 Railway Line

Paul Uppal: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what effect the implementation of High

Speed 2 will have on rail services from Wolverhampton

to London. [176325]

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.

Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the (a) location, (b) length and (c)

estimated cost is of each tunnel proposed for the

London to Birmingham leg of High Speed 2. [176919]

Mr Goodwill: There are 13 tunnel locations along the

London to west-midlands leg of high speed rail. These

total over 52 kilometres in length and at second quarter

2011 prices are estimated to cost £3,488 million. The

detail of these are:

Location Approximate length (route metres) Approximate estimate £ million (2Q 2011)
HS2 Phase 1 Tunnel Estimates
Euston Tunnel 7,290 521.00
HS1 Link tunnel 6,280 208.00
Northolt Tunnel – East (inc Old Oak Common Tunnel) 5,880 497.00
Northolt Tunnel – West 7,860 613.00
Chiltern Tunnel 13,270 812.00
Bromford Tunnel 2,800 242.00
Long Itchington Wood Tunnel 1,480 87.00
South Heath Green Tunnel 1,200 73.00
Wendover Green Tunnel 1,280 74.00
Greatworth Green Tunnel 2,100 134.00
Chipping Warden Green Tunnel 2,470 165.00
Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel 430 29.00
Burton Green Tunnel 620 33.00

General notes and assumptions:

Estimates are based at second quarter 2011 price levels

Particular notes and assumptions:

The estimates above exclude allowances for land and property and contingency