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High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:12 pm on 26th June 2013.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Labour, Holborn and St Pancras 4:12 pm, 26th June 2013

The right hon. Lady is absolutely right. Recently, HS2 Ltd has been forced to confess that it underestimated the cost of the works at Euston by no less than 40%. We have been asked to write a blank cheque for people who underestimate costs by 40%. On top of that, HS2 Ltd admits that it has to rebuild or strengthen cuttings, embankments and bridges on the north London line and the main line. Originally, it denied that that would be necessary, so it did not provide for it in the initial costings. I remind Members that those costs have soared while HS2 is still at a desk-study stage. God knows what will happen when people get round to practical work on the site.