HS2 in Hansard 22/01/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

whether repair work from storm damage to High Speed

2 railways during its construction has been factored in

to the budget for the project. [183563]

Mr Goodwill: The current estimate for Phase 1 includes

a contingency allowance which recognises the level of

risk and uncertainty on the project at this early stage of

its development. This contingency includes provision

for severe weather related risks during construction.

As the project progresses HS2 Ltd will review and

update the risks which informthe contingency allowance,

including the extent to which the severe weather provision

is sufficient, recognising the difficulty in mitigating against

naturally occurring events which are beyond the control

of HS2 Ltd to prevent.

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