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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: The analysis is quite clear that the railway should be developed as a network. The greater the network, where there is demand, then the better the cost-benefit of the investment. Because of that, we advocate that phase 1 and phase 2 should be taken forward together, not at the same time but with phase 2 directly following phase 1. This would be a more beneficial and efficient use of resource.

We talked earlier about the demobilisation and mobilisation of resources and the potential loss of skills. Well, if there is a gap of two or three years between phase 1 and phase 2, this is inevitably what happens. People get on with their lives, and they move abroad or they get new jobs. Those skills can be lost to the profession and to the project. That is the position we take. You mentioned Scotland. We see the high-speed railway as a network. We think that there is a strong case for looking forward to the future and extending it to Scotland, and making provision for extending further north.