HS2 in Hansard 03/12/2013

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work on the diversion of overhead electric lines in connection with High Speed 2 to commence. [179394]

Mr Goodwill: Major works associated with High Speed 2, including the diversion of overhead power lines related to either domestic supplies or railway services, are dependent on the Royal Assent of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, introduced to Parliament on 25 November 2013.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what works on High Speed 2 are planned to commence before the passage of the Hybrid Bill through Parliament is complete. [179401]

Mr Goodwill: Section 1 of The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 allows that the Secretary of State may, with the approval of the Treasury, incur expenditure in preparation for a high speed railway transport network, including:

(a) on pre-construction activity (such as surveying and design);

(b) in acquiring property; and

(c) in providing compensation in respect of property likely to be affected.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2013, Official Report, column 306W, on High Speed 2 railway line (1) what organisation paid for the service advertised by HS2 Ltd as a free bus service provided to help people travel to and from the event on 30 November 2013 (a) from Annesley Woodhouse, Badger Box to Bilborough College and (b) from Strelley, Main Street to Bilborough College to attend the High Speed 2 consultation event on the route from West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and elsewhere; and what the cost of this service was; (2) for which meetings or community meetings along both phase 1 and phase 2 of the route of High Speed 2 free bus services were offered to attendees. [179559]

Mr Goodwill: The bus service to Bilborough college was provided by HS2 Ltd at the request of the local community to enable members of the public to attend a public information event on the phase two route consultation. These events are part of the public consultation process and are designed to allow the public to find out more about the proposed route in their area and encourage them to respond to the consultation. The cost of the shuttle was £200. HS2 Ltd have not offered free transport to attendees of meetings or community fora along Phase One or Phase Two of the HS2 route.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties are wholly or partially within the proposed HS2 Voluntary Purchase Zone in the constituencies of (a) Chesham and Amersham, (b) Beaconsfield, (c) Aylesbury and (d) Buckingham. [179568]

Mr Goodwill: The information requested is in the following table. Please note that the Voluntary Purchase Zone is now referred to as the Rural Support Zone in the Property Compensation Consultation 2013. For this question, the boundary for the Rural Support Zone is based on the maps published for the consultation.

Constituency Number of Dwellings within proposed Rural Support Zone for Phase One Number of Businesses within proposed Rural Support Zone for Phase One Total
Aylesbury 22 0 22
Beaconsfield 0 0 0
Buckingham 14 1 15
Chesham and
13 0 13


1. These figures are based on the proposed 120m Rural Support Zone set out in the Consultation document. However should the Property Bond option be introduced following the results of the consultation then this 120m boundary could change.

2. Rural Support Zone (RSZ) figures are the best currently available, but remain estimates.

3. The figures have been produced by an electronic count of the Ordnance Survey Address Layer (AL) 2 Postal Points. This is derived from Royal Mail data based on any property with a postal address. The OS AL2 dataset may not capture all the properties that are partially within the RSZ boundaries as the point for each property is located at the centre of each property parcel. The property parcel is the footprint of the building and any associated land (e.g. garden or farm land) and this may be within the RSZ boundary, however the centre may be outside. In this instance, the property would not be counted. The AL2 Postal Point layer contains all properties with a postal address—this would exclude plots of land such as roads, allotments, derelict industrial land etc. All ’PO BOX’ entries were removed before calculations run.