High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the notice to proceed with the HS2 project has been delayed.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the contracts for carrying out the major construction works for HS2 will be signed.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to start work on bridges and tunnels on the HS2 project.

Photo of Lord Framlingham Lord Framlingham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that HS2 will cost twice its original estimate, what steps they are taking to conduct an urgent review of its costs to date; and whether they will publish the results of that review.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The HS2 Phase One Main Civil Contracts were signed in July 2017 and Phase One design development and enabling works are continuing to progress. Notice to Proceed is the formal contractual process which enables each Phase One supplier to move from design and development to construction.

HS2 Ltd has advised the Government that it intends for Notice to Proceed to take place later in 2019 to allow it to finalise costs and plans with its contracted suppliers. Full construction of bridges and tunnels will commence following award of Notice to Proceed. Essential works to prepare the route for this stage are well underway, with over 60 active sites, including major works at Euston, Old Oak Common, Curzon Street and Washwood Heath.

Expenditure on HS2 to date is set out in the Annual Report and Accounts of HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport. The Government has committed to update Parliament on HS2’s progress at least once a year.

The Phase One Full Business Case, planned for publication later in 2019, will include an updated estimate of cost and schedule and an accompanying assessment of benefits.

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