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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 11th July 2013.

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Nicola Shaw: Yes, I would love to. There are four stations along the line—at Ashford, at Ebbsfleet, at Stratford and at King’s Cross—and at each of them we have seen a lot of regeneration; a report done in 2009 by Volterra estimated that overall that amounted to just under £4 billion. We are seeing all sorts of things coming along now, including jobs and housing developments. Exciting things are happening such as the development of the shopping centre for McArthurGlen at Ashford; the development of a new scheme with Paramount at Ebbsfleet; huge developments, first for the Olympic park and now at King’s Cross, around what we are doing in central London; Google announcing that they are coming and starting to build; Camden town hall relocating; BNP Paribas, the Aga Khan—a number of different things are happening at each of the stations along the line.