I recently wrote to Simon Burns, the Minister with direct responsibility for HS2, on behalf of a constituent who had heard that an EU directive was forcing the UK Government to build HS2. As you will see from Mr Burns’ reply this is not the case.
On the 26th of April I posted a letter I had written to the Secretary of State for Transport concerning data I had come across on the Treasury’s website regarding the estimated cost of rolling stock (Trains) for HS2. Specifically, I asked the Secretary of State who would be funding the purchase of rolling stock. The Secretary of State has now replied and as you will see he has indicated that no decision has yet been made on how the rolling stock will be funded.
Today the consultations on the Environmental Statement and Design Refinement for HS2 were announced. You can read the relevant documents for the Environmental Statement Consultation here and the Design Refinement Consultation here. Both consultations close on the 11th of July (8 weeks from today).
I will add more information to this post as it becomes available.