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Aviation: Passengers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on air passenger numbers at (a) Heathrow Airport and (b) regional airports of the introduction of high-speed train services between London and the North. (290746)

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. has been formed to help develop the case for high speed services between London and Scotland, and will report to Government by the end of the year. As part of its work HS2 will be assessing passenger demand for high speed rail services, including the likely number of passengers attracted from aviation. We are, however, satisfied that the case for new runway capacity at Heathrow remains strong, given projections of future demand for long-haul air traffic which cannot readily be served by rail.