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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: For High Speed 1, the answer is probably no. The work was not done in that way; it related much more to passenger numbers than to economic growth. As I said in the answer I gave before, the growth that  resulted from High Speed 1 has been significant. None of the development around King’s Cross or Stratford and the Olympic park would have existed without High Speed 1. We have seen significant growth and continue to do so. Only recently, 20,000 homes have been approved for development in Ebbsfleet.