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Former HS2 Chairman and Transport Minister questioned by Committee

22 January 2019

The Economic Affairs Committee follows up on its inquiry, The Economic Case for HS2, in a one-off session with Sir Terry Morgan, recently resigned Chairman of HS2 and Crossrail, and Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Witnesses

Tuesday 22 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Former Chairman, High Speed 2 and Crossrail

At 4.30pm

  • Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport
  • Clive Maxwell, Director-General, High Speed and Major Rail Projects Group, Department for Transport
  • Dr Nick Bisson, Director, HS2 Phase 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Department for Transport

Likely questions

  • Can HS2 be delivered within the £56 billion budget?
  • Will the speed be lowered and the number of trains an hour reduced to ensure the project is finished in time and on budget
  • Would a London terminus at Old Oak Common rather than Euston really save £8 billion on the cost of HS2?
  • Is the recent reduction in the growth in demand for long-distance rail travel a concern for the business case for HS2?
  • Is it right that HS2 is being prioritised over improvements to local and regional services in the north of England?
  • Does it undermine the case for the project’s objective to rebalance the economy that the main beneficiaries of overcrowding relief on the West Coast Main Line will be London commuters?

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