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High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that any long-term planning to link High Speed 2 to High Speed 1 and continental European services explores options that (a) provide the best value for money and (b) minimise disruption from construction works.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

A direct link between HS2 and HS1 would create the opportunity for services to destinations on the European high speed rail network. Departmental officials are continuing to work with HS2 Ltd to identify the best approach for providing the link. Securing value for money and minimising disruption from construction works are important considerations for the entire high speed rail project, including the proposed HS1/HS2 link.

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