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Railways: Scotland

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the financial and planning implications of the recently announced improvements to the rail system from London to Scotland. (249548)

“High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd.” will help consider the case for new high speed services from London to Scotland. As a first stage, the company will develop a proposal for an entirely new line between London and the West Midlands, and will report to Ministers by the end of the year. This will include costs and benefits of a proposed route, and financing options.

The Government intend to work closely with the devolved administrations in respect of the implications of the proposal.

Statutory consents for any type of cross-border rail project would be handled in accordance with the devolution settlement.