HS2 in Hansard 25/03/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what assessment his Department has made
of the effect of an extension to Crewe of the first phase
of High Speed 2 on the (a) route through Lichfield
constituency and (b) need for an additional railway
line north of the City of Lichfield connecting the end
of Phase one to the West Coast mainline. [192537]

Mr Goodwill: No decision has yet been made on
Phase Two as we are still considering the responses to
the public consultation. Sir David Higgins’s proposals
would see the Government’s preferred route to Crewe,
which formed part of the recent Phase Two consultation,
constructed earlier. Therefore, it is not anticipated that
Sir David’s proposal alonewould affect the route through
the Lichfield constituency. However, the route of Phase
Two through the Lichfield constituency is clearly subject
to the outcomes of the recent public consultation.
The powers for Phase Two, including the section of
line to Crewe, are proposed to be sought via a second
hybrid Bill. As such the connection to the West Coast
Main Line as part of the Phase One Bill is still required
to allow Phase One to operate effectively and to enable
destinations such as Stafford to benefit from high speed
services.

Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport (1) whether the London to Holyhead railway
service will remain an express service after the creation
of High Speed 2; [192658]
(2) what plans he has to develop the North Wales
line from Crewe to Holyhead in conjunction with the
building of High Speed 2; [192660]
(3) what assessment his Department has made of
whether the London to Holyhead line will become a
local stopping service following the building of High
Speed 2. [192661]
Stephen Hammond: No such assessment has been
made. The opening of High Speed 2 will release capacity
for train services on existing lines, including on theWest
Coast Main Line. Precise details of stopping patterns
will be resolved when the relevant rail franchises are let
in due course.

In the meantime,we will shortly announce a transparent
and participatory process to consider long-term issues,
opportunities and options for rail services on HS2
corridors.

193W Written Answers 25 MARCH 2014 Written Answers 194W
We are also working with the Welsh Government
who are developing a business case for the electrification
of the North Wales Main Line.

 

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr O’Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
what estimate he has made of the interest incurred on
the debt needed to finance High Speed 2. [193261]
Danny Alexander: Government spending is paid for
by general taxation, and when that is not sufficient,
through borrowing. TheGovernment does not hypothecate
its different sources of financing, i.e. through borrowing.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/chan142.pdf

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