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 High Speed Rail 2 Regional Economic Impacts to include the disbenefits identified by KPMG for those regions not served by 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 identified the impact on productivity for all areas across Great Britain, including those not served by HS2. The findings presented in the September 2013 report show the net impact on productivity—that is the sum of total gains in productivity minus any losses.

Of course HS2 doesn't serve all areas and the KPMG figures reflect that. The benefits are naturally greater in the places the line serves directly. This analysis does not include the benefits of other investments to boost the transport system. This Government will invest £73 billion in the next Parliament, of which £17 billion will be spent on HS2, and this will help places not being served by HS2.

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