High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Conservative, Chesham and Amersham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) whether passport control services will operate in Manchester and Leeds under current plans for High Speed 2;

(2) whether passengers from Birmingham will (a) have the facility to clear customs at Curzon Street or (b) be required to change trains at Old Oak Common to clear customs under current plans for High Speed 2.

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

Arrangements for passport control and customs services, including whether passengers would be required to change trains at Old Oak Common, will depend on the Home Office requirements in place at the time services are in operation. These will be developed in co-ordination with the Home Office during the detailed design process.

The designs of Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street stations allow space for customs facilities to be provided, based on those utilised by Eurostar at Ebbsfleet and St Pancras. We are currently consulting on the Phase Two route and station options and detailed design work of the stations at Manchester and Leeds will be undertaken after the planned route has been announced.

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