HS2 in Hansard 09/01/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if he will direct HS2 Ltd to undertake a primary study

of the comparative effects of the proposed High Speed

2 route and the Alternative Tunnel Proposal developed

by Peter Brett Associates on the landscape, biodiversity,

geomorphology and archaeology of the Chilterns Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and if he will make a

statement. [181249]

Mr Goodwill: An assessment has been made of the

tunnel options put forward fromthecommunity, specifically

the alternative proposed by Peter Brett Associates, and

this assessment takes account of the environmental,

technical and economic costs and benefits. These factors

are then balanced against one another to determine the

preferred outcome. This work has determined that the

Proposed Scheme as put forward in the hybrid Bill is

the correct option.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if he will estimate the potential difference in cost of

High Speed 2 (a) land and property compensation and

(b) all other types of compensation from the Chilterns

Alternative Tunnel proposal developed by Peter Brett

Associates; and if he will make a statement. [181250]

Mr Goodwill: The assessment of longer tunnel options

that HS2 Ltd has undertaken takes account of the cost

of building tunnels, property compensation costs and

the proposed additional environmental mitigation. As a

result, the proposed scheme remains the preferred option.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if HS2 Ltd will provide detailed information relating to

the calculation of the additional costs required to develop

the full High Speed 2 rail tunnel option in the Chilterns

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and if he will

make a statement. [181251]

Mr Goodwill: Summary headline costs of tunnelworks;

other civil works, rail systems and property/land have

been made available as part of on-going dialogue with

local groups. While HS2 Ltd do have the detailed

information relating to the calculation of additional

costs, they will not be released as they may undermine

our negotiating positionwhen the contracts for construction

are put to tender.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of

State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the

Alternative Tunnel Proposal report that was published

on 2 December 2013; and if he will make a statement.

[181252]

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Mr Goodwill: No discussions have taken place with

the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural

Affairs on the Alternative Tunnel proposal published

on 2 December.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

what proportion of the current High Speed 2 budget

has been allocated to (a) land acquisition, (b) land and

property compensation and (c) all other types of

compensation; and if he will make a statement. [181253]

Mr Goodwill: There is no specific sum of money set

aside exclusively for property compensation and property

purchase schemes associated with HS2.

Aconsultation on discretionary support for residential

property owners affected by the Phase One route of

HS2 closed on 4 December 2013. The Government

expects to announce its decision by the summer of

2014. The result of the consultation will be one of the

influences on the final cost of compensation for Phase

One. It is therefore not possible to say at this stage how

much land and compensation for HS2 will cost, but a

figure of around £1.6 billion for Phase One has been

assumed.

Property and compensation payments both form a

call on the HS2 Property capital budget, which is

£100 million for 2013-14 and £150 million for 2014-15.

Other types of compensation for Phase 1 primarily

comprises of compensation toTrain Operating Companies

for disruption caused by HS2 works. An indicative

figure of around £440 million has been assumed but

this will be kept under review as the detailed design and

construction work planning matures.

On Phase Two, Government is currently consulting

on the line of route which once a decision has been

made, will help to determine the indicative costs for

property compensation and acquisition and other types

of compensation.

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport if he will make a statement on the effects of

the second phase of High Speed 2 on (a) East Lancashire

and (b) Hyndburn constituency. [181430]

Mr Goodwill: High speed trains on the western leg

would be able to run onto the classic network to serve

destinations such as Preston, Lancaster and further

north. Analysis of regional benefits carried out by

KPMG shows that while all regions benefit, the city

regions in the Midlands and the North do particularly

well. This contradicts suggestions that London will

benefit from HS2 at the expense of the North. KPMG

results for Preston, Fylde and Wyre show that HS2 will

lead to an annual increase in future economic output

worth between £179 million and £141 million.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

how many pages of the environmental statement on

High Speed 2 were omitted from USB sticks; and how

many such sticks were distributed with information

missing. [181445]

Mr Goodwill: As a result of a production error with

the USB memory sticks, some material from the technical

appendices contained in Volume 5 of the Environmental

Statement was omitted. This section includes technical

details that are ancillary to the main content of the ES

and are not normally included in documents of this

kind. The omitted information largely consisted of images

of maps and otherminor data omissions—the substance

of which are replicated elsewhere in the document. In

total, this amounted to 877 pages which represents a

small fraction of the 48,000 page document.

Upon identifying the errors, immediate steps were

taken to rectify them and provide local authorities,

parish councils and libraries with replacements for the

167 memory sticks that were distributed to them.

Replacements were also provided for the two memory

sticks formally deposited to Parliament and 388 sticks

made available to Members and Lords by the House

authorities.

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what feasibility studies he has (a) recently

commissioned and (b) is considering commissioning

for extensions to the planned HS2 network. [181462]

Mr Goodwill: We announced in November of last

year that the Department is undertaking a study in

collaboration with the Scottish Government to identify

the broad options available to make further capacity

and journey time improvements between northern England

and Scotland, including howto cut journeys fromGlasgow

and Edinburgh to London to three hours or less. There

are no other such studies planned or commissioned.

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