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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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Steven Hayter: We held a consultation process ourselves—we did an initial consultation internally within the institution on phase 1 of High Speed 2. We were interested in looking at the options where the respondents had suggested perhaps following existing railway lines or existing motorways. The problem there of course is that being a high-speed railway, High Speed 2, you are constrained by the alignment. You cannot go around sharp curves and keep the speed and capacity to the level that you need. In the end, we concluded that the route chosen by High Speed 2 is the right one, purely because of the constraints that following existing corridors would lead to.