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High Speed Trains: North East Region

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to fund the development of high-speed rail links to and from the north-east in the next five years. (257544)

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.