HS2 in Hansard 10/02/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what estimate HS2 Ltd has made of the

number of classic compatible services originating at

stations north of Wigan which will (a) call at and (b)

terminate at Manchester Piccadilly once phase 2 of

High Speed 2 is complete. [186303]

Mr Goodwill: The service pattern developed by HS2

Ltd assumes the proposed route that was released for

public consultation on 17 July 2013 and does not envisage

that any services originating north of Wigan would be

calling at or terminating at Manchester Piccadilly.However

this service specification has only been developed for

modelling purposes and is purely indicative. It is not

binding on what services will eventually operate on HS2

as it is not possible to write the timetable this far in

advance of the proposed opening of the network.

A decision on the Government’s preferred route for

Phase Two will be taken by the Secretary of State by the

end of 2014. The train service pattern, and ultimately

the timetable for HS2 services, will be subject to the

usual industry planning processes before bringing the

scheme into operation.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what improvements will be required to the

existing West Coast Main Line north of Wigan to

allow classic compatible services to run to stations

beyond Preston; and what estimate HS2 Ltd has made

of the cost of such improvements. [186304]

Mr Goodwill: The consultation on the Phase Two

route closed at the end of January 2014. A decision on

this route is expected before the end of 2014.

Under the route we consulted on platform extensions

would be required at Preston station and Carstairs—where

classic compatible trains would split to serve Edinburgh

and Glasgow—to accommodate the proposed 400 metre

long trains. The track layout at Carstairs would also

need to be remodelled.

A high level estimate of the works to both Preston

and Carstairs suggests these works would cost

approximately £151 million (including contingency),

this is included in the HS2 budget for Phase 2.

Further work is being undertaken by HS2 Ltd and

Network Rail on the introduction of classic compatible

trains onto theWCMLbetween Golborne and Scotland

as well as the selection of Carstairs as preferred location

for splitting and joining classic compatible trains.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport which other sites were considered as potential

locations for the rolling stock maintenance depot currently

planned for Bamfurlong. [186307]

Mr Goodwill: A long list of options for rolling stock

maintenance depots was generated following a sifting

exercise of all the potential options identified by HS2

Ltd. 21 potential rolling stock maintenance depot locations

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were identified on the western leg and these were further

sifted down to derive the Golborne option presented as

part of the proposed scheme for consultation. All depot

options can be found in the report ‘Engineering Options:

West Midlands to Manchester’.

David Mowat: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2013,

Official Report, column 771W, on High Speed 2

Railway Line, which individual upgrades HS2 Ltd

believes are required to the existing West Coast Main

Line between Crewe and Wigan to enable classic

compatible services to Preston and beyond without the

Winterbottom to Bamfurlong spur; and what the cost

estimate of each individual upgrade is. [186314]

Mr Goodwill: The consultation on the Phase Two

route closed at the end of January 2014. A decision on

this route is expected before the end of 2014.

Under the route that was consulted on, significant

workswould be required between Crewe andWarrington,

involving the widening and four-tracking along 24 km

of the route, where there are significant constraints. In

addition, Crewe station and the junction would need to

be remodelled or an additional grade separated junction

from the high speed line to the north of the Crewe

tunnel would need to be provided.

HS2 Ltd have not looked in detail at these works or

the potential associated costs.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

if he will publish a redacted version of the Major

Projects Report excluding any content detrimental to

the developer of the High Speed 2 project. [186739]

Mr Goodwill: On 30 January 2014 the Secretary of

State for Transport exercised the power of veto to

withhold the release of the November 2011 Major

Projects Authority Project Assessment Review report.

A copy of his statement of reasons has been provided to

both Libraries of the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

when the result of the compensation consultation on

High Speed 2 will be published. [186839]

Mr Goodwill: I cannot confirm the date when the

decisions on long-term discretionary compensation

measures will be announced as responses to the consultation

are still being considered. However, it is our intention to

have schemes in place by the summer.

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