HS2 in Hansard 03/02/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the number of
jobs that will be created in the North West during the
building phase of High Speed 2. [185061]
Mr Goodwill: The Secretary of State has made no
estimate of the number of jobs that will be created
specifically in the NorthWest during the building phase
of High Speed Two.
HS2 Ltd has estimated there will be 14,600 construction
jobs associated with building Phase One from London
to Birmingham and 5,480 supply chain jobs. For Phase
Two, planning is less advanced. HS2 estimate that,
based on other large infrastructure projects, there will
be 10,000 construction jobs and have not yet estimated
the number of supply chain jobs.
The Government intends to use procurement best
practice from Crossrail and other infrastructure projects
so that companies throughout the UK, including the
North West, can bid for and win HS2 contracts.
Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment he has made of the benefit
that High Speed 2 will bring to small and mediumsized
businesses in the North West. [185065]

Mr Goodwill: The Secretary of State has made no
assessment of the benefits HS2 will bring specifically
for small and medium-sized businesses in the North
West. HS2 will benefit businesses though increased
connectivity and capacity, both through HS2 services
and from new or improved services, as a result of
capacity released on the existing rail network. HS2 Ltd
engaged KPMG to produce the September 2013 report
“Regional Economic Impacts of HS2”, which estimates
the potential benefits to business of improved rail
connectivity. This analysis suggests that HS2 could
increase annual output in the North West of England,
measuring in terms of gross value added, by £1.1 billion
to £2.5 billion in 2037 (measured in 2013 prices) as a
result of improvements in business-to-business and labour
connectivity in the region. This is the equivalent to an
increase in annual output of 0.6% to 1.4%. However,
the report looks at all businesses and does not separate
the analysis to small and medium-sized businesses.
Mr O’Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what discussions he has had about the effect
of High Speed 2 on tourism and waterways in (a) the
UK and (b) Eddisbury and Cheshire West. [185216]
Mr Goodwill: HS2 Ltd and the Department have
been engaging with stakeholders, including the Canal
and River Trust, Environment Agency, English Heritage,
Natural England and local councils with regards to
waterway assets potentially impacted by HS2. The impact
of the scheme on tourism is subject to ongoing discussion
with key stakeholders, however, any adverse impacts
will be mitigated wherever practicable.
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