High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) transport benefits to the West and South West of High Speed 2.

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

No specific assessment has been made of the direct benefits to the West and South West of High Speed 2. Nevertheless, High Speed 2 will provide enhanced connectivity to this region in Phase 1 through the link to the West Coast Mainline and hub at Old Oak Common. Phase 2 will provide further connectivity enhancements, particularly to passengers from the south and south west of the country wishing to travel north. There is also, potential for more commuter, freight and local services to this area from capacity released on the existing network.

HS2 Ltd recently published a report they had commissioned from KPMG evaluating the potential impact of HS2 on productivity and business location. The report estimates that in areas of the country not in the immediate vicinity of the HS2 route (which includes the areas south and south west of HS2 as well as the areas north of Leeds and Manchester), HS2 could generate productivity benefits of between £5.0 billion and £7.0 billion per annum.

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