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 what assessment he has made of the effect of line closures on the classic rail network as a result of the construction of HS2; and if he will make a statement.

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

HS2 Ltd has estimated that around 386 weekend closures of parts of the existing rail network will be necessary as a result of the construction works for the full HS2 Y network (Phase 1 and Phase 2).

HS2 Ltd has advised that the closures will be a mix of partial and full closures, although in most cases some rail services will be able to operate on the affected lines albeit with some service restrictions.

In addition it will be necessary to utilise some midweek night time closures, although wherever possible these will combined with planned renewals activities.

In comparison, Network Rail has estimated that around 2,790 weekend closures of parts of the rail network would be required if rail alternatives to the full HS2 Y network were adopted in its place.

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