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High Speed Trains: Lancashire

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with High Speed Two Ltd. on proposals to develop a high speed railway line between (a) London and Lancashire and (b) London and the centre of Birmingham; (257983)

(2) whether an assessment of proposals for a high speed railway line between London and Lancaster will be contained in the document to be produced by High Speed Two Ltd. by the end of 2009;

(3) whether he has commissioned research on the provision of a new high speed rail link to Scotland.

A new company, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd., has been formed to develop the case for high speed services between London and Scotland.

As a first stage, the company is expected to bring forward proposals for Britain's second new high speed line, between London and the west midlands, by the end of the year, and to consider the potential for new lines to serve the north of England and Scotland. This will need to include an appraisal of the environmental, planning, technological, capacity, value for money and funding issues.