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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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Terry Morgan: That is a great question. I do not have a view on High Speed 1; Nicola might, but I do not. When you look back and say to yourself, “Why did it take three and a half years?”, to be frank I think we were exploring. In terms of scale and complexity, with Crossrail a number of things were learned. A number of the people involved in High Speed 2 were involved in the preparation of the original hybrid Bill, so some of that knowledge has transferred across to HS2. It is a very demanding timetable, but you often find that when there is a demanding timetable, things can happen in the right way. I think this is one of those processes that is better driven by a timetable to get a conclusion than allowing it to be open-ended. Meeting the timetable is possible, but it is very demanding.