High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Chair, Committee of Selection

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish an updated version of the KPMG report on HS2 regional economic impacts, addressing the question of whether there will be slower journey times and less frequent services between those towns and cities which will be reliant on the classic rail network following the completion of HS2; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The analysis presented in the September 2013 report “Regional Economic Impacts of HS2” undertaken by KPMG on behalf of HS2 Ltd is based on the train service specifications for both HS2 and the classic rail network used to inform the August 2012 Economic Case for HS2, which was the most up to date information at the time the analysis was undertaken.

These train service specifications have been created for modelling and appraisal purposes only and do not represent a commitment to any specific service pattern. The Department will continue to develop its understanding of the best use of the rail network with HS2 and the implications of different options for the costs of operating the rail network.

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