HS2 in Hansard 17/01/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the findings of KPMG on its report on the regional economic impacts of High Speed 2, what steps he is taking to ameliorate any negative impact of investment in High Speed 2 on the South West region. [183190]

Mr Goodwill: The KPMG report on HS2 Regional Economic Impacts considers only the impacts from HS2 and does not reflect the impacts of other transport investment. The Government recognises the importance of investment in all forms of transport and has provided for significant capital spending on our transport networks, with total funding of £73 billion over the period from 2015 to 2021. For example, the electrification of Great Western railway and the introduction of new IEP rolling stock will bring benefits to the South West region.