To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the potential journey time saving High Speed 2 will provide for passengers travelling between (a) Poulton-Le-Fylde, (b) West Kirby, (c) Brighouse, (d) Todmorden and (e) Preston station and (i) London Euston, (ii) Birmingham International and (iii) Paris.
High Speed 2 (HS2) will provide high capacity, high speed rail links between the North, the Midlands and London, including a direct link to the Continent via the High Speed 1 line to the Channel Tunnel. The new network will also provide the opportunity to run the existing rail network in a different way, meaning that stations not on the HS2 network itself will benefit in terms of having more, faster or less crowded services.
It is too early to make decisions now about detailed service patterns and journey times to specific destinations beyond the high speed network in the 2020s and 2030s. I have received advice from HS2 Ltd on route options for the second phase of the Y network. I am currently considering this advice and I intend to publish it in the autumn, together with a Government response setting out the initial preferred route and station options.