High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what comparison his Department has made between investment in High Speed 2 and investing the same amount in upgrading track gauges and associated works across the network in order to increase capacity.

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

The Department has considered, on several occasions, a range of high level alternative packages to HS2, most recently in the Atkins study 'High Speed Rail Strategic Alternatives: Update Following consultation' which is available on the Department's website.


Alongside HS2, the Government is investing heavily in the conventional rail network. Network Rail will invest £37.5 billion in the UK's rail infrastructure in Control Period 5 (2014-19).

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