HS2 in Hansard 05/12/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line


David Mowat:
To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made

of the business case for the Y-shaped route for High

Speed 2 (a) with and (b) without the section of line

between Winterbottom and Bamfurlong; [179407]

(2) what estimate his Department has made of the

economic benefits of the section of the High Speed 2

line between Winterbottom and Bamfurlong; [179409]

(3) what estimate his Department had made of the

incremental cost to benefit ratio of the section of the

High Speed 2 line between Winterbottom and

Bamfurlong. [179411]

Mr Goodwill: The Strategic Case for HS2 published

on 29 October 2013 sets out the business case for

proceeding with HS2. It shows that theY-shaped network

including the section between Winterbottom and

Bamfurlong is expected to deliver around £2.30 of

benefits (including Wider Economic Impacts) for every

£1 spent. The Department has not estimated the case

for the Y-shaped route for High Speed 2 without this

section of line.

However, analysis undertaken by HS2 Ltd suggests

that additional works would be required on the west

coast main line (WCML) if this section of line were not

built, to enable equivalent service levels to Preston and

Scotland. The cost of this work was estimated to be

almost equivalent to the cost of the high speed line

between Winterbottom and Bamfurlong.

The Department has not made a full estimate of the

economic benefits of the section of HS2 between

Winterbottom and Bamfurlong. However, preliminary

analysis undertaken by HS2 Ltd suggested that this

section of the line could provide benefits of the order of

£1.2 billion and revenue of around £600 million.

Therefore the section of line between Winterbottom

and Bamfurlong is likely to offer very high value for

moneywhen compared against the alternative connection

at Crewe and associated WCML modification work.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate his Department has made of

the cost of the section of the High Speed 2 line between

Winterbottom and Bamfurlong. [179408]

Mr Goodwill: The estimated construction cost for the

Winterbottom to Bamfurlong section of the route is

£360 million. This part of the route consists of three

sections:

 
£ Million
HSM12 110
HSM21 185
HSM22 65

Detailed estimates of the cost of land and risk will be

determined at a later stage of development

Andrea Leadsom: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what the total cost of analysing alternatives

to the High Speed 2 scheme was (a) up to and

including 11 March 2010 and (b) after that date.

[179728]

Mr Goodwill: The cost of contracts to undertake

analysis of strategic alternatives to HS2 prior to 11

March 2010 was £350,000.

The cost of the contracts to undertake analysis of

strategic alternatives after 11 March 2010, to date, is

£475,000.

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