Statement on HS2 high speed rail

28 January 2013

Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 28 January 2013 on HS2 high speed rail

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

HS2 High Speed Rail

HS2 is a £34-£36 billion project to build a high speed rail line from London to Manchester and Leeds, via Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Crewe, to begin operation in 2026 and be completed in 2032.

In January 2013 the Government published details of phase 2 of the line from Birmingham north to Manchester (via Crewe) and Leeds (via the East Midlands and Sheffield).

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has produced the following papers:

Oral statements

Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.

Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.

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