HS2 in hansard 06/05/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport what estimate he has made of the final cost
of the capital sum to be raised to finance High Speed 2
to (a) Birmingham and (b) Leeds and Manchester.
[197014]

Mr Goodwill: The current estimated cost of the project
is £42.6 billion for Phase 1 and Phase 2 (including
£14.4 billion of contingency) and £7.5 billion for rolling
stock (including £1.7 billion of contingency). This estimate
is in 2011 prices and is at the P95 level, meaning at this
early stage of the project there is a 95% confidence level
that the project can be delivered for this cost.

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for
Transport pursuant to the Written Statement of
17 March 2014, Official Report, columns 53-4WS, on
the Higgins Review, (1) what progress has been made
on the review of connections from HS2 to the
Continent announced in that Statement; [197417]
(2) whether the review of connections from HS2 to
the Continent announced in that statement will assure
the provision of (a) a segregated double track link and
(b) any other dedicated railway link between HS1 and
HS2; [197418]
(3) whether the review of connections from HS2 to
the Continent announced in that statement will take
account of potential demand for domestic services
between HS2 and HS1; and what assessment he has
made of the likely level of such demand; [197419]
(4) who is undertaking the review of connections
between HS2 and the Continent announced in that
Statement; and when he expects the review to be
completed. [197420]

Mr Goodwill: The Secretary of State has asked HS2
Ltd and Network Rail to consider how to improve
connections between the rail network and the continent,
in a way that could be implemented once the initial
stages of HS2 are complete. The report will explore
options that will stand the test of time and will be
completed before the end of next year. The remit of the
work is being considered and will be finalised shortly.

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