Railways: High Speed 2

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what economic impact study they have undertaken on the benefits to the north-west of the construction of the High Speed 2 line to Manchester.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Table 5 of the Economic Case for HS2 (available on the HS2 consultation website at highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/library/documents/economic-case) shows that, on the basis of trip origins, an estimated 23 per cent of the monetised benefits of the initial London-West Midlands phase of HS2 would relate to the north-west region. Once the proposed second phase from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds is completed, we expect further economic benefits to accrue to the north-west region.

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