High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

Transport written question – answered on 5th December 2011.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential benefits to the Scottish economy of the proposed High Speed 2 network.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for Transport

Table 6.5 of HS2 Ltd's Demand and Appraisal Report

http://www.hs2.org.uk/assets/x/78304 provides an assessment of the split of benefits between regions according to where trips originate, which shows approximately 5% of overall benefits from the proposed Y network relating to trips beginning in Scotland.

The Government indicated in the 2010 National Infrastructure Plan their intention over the longer term to continue development of the high-speed rail network and rail connections between the north and south of the country to further reduce journey times to Glasgow and Edinburgh, which would be expected to see the benefits accruing to Scotland increase further.

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