HS2 in Hansard 27/11/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what the cost was to HS2 Ltd of their Head of Public

Affairs distributing to hon. Members a speech given by

Lord Heseltine to the Royal Town Planning Institute;

and if he will publish the list of those to whom the

speech was sent. [177085]

Mr Goodwill: The text of Lord Heseltine’s recent

speech to the Royal Town Planning Institute was sent

by HS2 Ltd to a distribution list of all 650 Members of

Parliament. It is not possible to calculate or isolate the

cost of sending an individual email, but I am satisfied

the cost will have been negligible and that this was the

most cost-effective means of distributing the information.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if he will list the community fora and meetings organised

by HS2 Ltd where travel costs or assistance (a) were

and (b) were not offered to participants. [177088]

Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd did not offer any financial

assistance to attendees of community forums and

community meetings. All those attending the community

forums and meetings did so in a voluntary capacity.

Details of all the community and other engagement

forums are listed on the HS2 Ltd website—see following

link:  http://www.hs2.org.uk/developing-hs2/forums/communityforums

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will publish the independent study that

shows that without the capacity provided by High

Speed 2 the main roads linking eight out of 10 of the

United Kingdom’s largest cities will be overwhelmed.

[177089]

Mr Goodwill: The ‘Strategic Case for HS2’(Department

for Transport, October 2013) sets out why the Government

considers HS2 to be the best way to address long-term

transport capacity pressures, especially on the north-south

corridors which link many of our major cities. It makes

reference to the Department for Transport’s most recent

road traffic forecasts, which were published in July 2013

alongside the Command Paper ‘Action for Roads’, and

show that by 2040 traffic on strategic roads will have

grown by 46% on central assumptions.

The Strategic Case for HS2 also explains why increasing

road capacity alone is not the solution. Motorways

cannot match the speed of high speed rail and it is

difficult to increase the capacity of urban roads, as they

are already highly developed and congested.

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