High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th November 2021.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) disruption of (i) phase 2b of HS2, (ii) the revival of the Great Central Main Line and (iii) other alternatives to phase 2b of HS2 in the north of England.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The most recent cost estimate for HS2 Phase 2b, which includes the cost of disruption, is set out in the HS2 6-monthly report to Parliament: March 2021. The Government expects to set out more fully the costs of Phase 2b in the IRP and when it brings forward a hybrid Bill for the Western Leg of Phase 2b. Whist recent work has not considered the revival of the Great Central Main Line as an alternative to HS2 Phase 2b, we have assessed a range of alternatives to the scheme throughout its development, with the most recent assessment by Atkins published in 2016. The government intends to update the strategic alternatives to phase 2b when it brings forward a hybrid Bill for the Western Leg of Phase 2b.

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