HS2 in Hansard 22/01/2015

High Speed 2
4. David Mowat (Warrington South) (Con): What
estimate he has made of the benefit-cost ratio of the
High Speed 2 line north of Manchester. [907137]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for
Transport (Mr Robert Goodwill): The Department has
not estimated the case for the western leg of theY-shaped
route for High Speed 2 without the connection to the
west coast main line north of Manchester. However,
preliminary analysis undertaken by HS2 Ltd suggested
that this section of the line is likely to provide revenue
of about £600 million and wider benefits in the order of
£1.2 billion.
David Mowat: The Minister will be aware that the
recent HS2 route review stated that theWigan spur was
under review. Subsequently, HS2 leadership has stated
that its recommendation is that the Wigan spur be
dropped, saving £2 billion with no detrimental impact
on the business case.When will there be an announcement
that will clear all of this up?
Mr Goodwill: Certainly all those options are under
review. Indeed, in Sir David Higgins’s report “HS2
Plus” he talked about the need to speed up phase 2 and
get the Crewe section by 2027, not 2033, with that new
integrated hub at Crewe. Connections to the east coast
main line and west coast main line are important to
ensure that people further north of Manchester and
Leeds can benefit from HS2. Further announcements
will be made in due course.
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore) (Lab): On cost-benefit
analysis of rail infrastructure and the Wigan spur,
does the Minister agree that investment in the Tondu
loop to deliver a half-hour instead of an hourly interchange
at the Maesteg-Llynfi line would be far better in terms
of cost? Will he meet me and Network Rail to discuss
the Tondu loop, for which we have been waiting five
years?
Mr Goodwill: Yet another wonderful scheme on which
the previous Government failed to deliver. I am sure
that the Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the
Member for Devizes (Claire Perry), will be delighted to
meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss that particular
scheme.
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