High Speed 2 (2)

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You previously said you want tunnelling of the whole HS2 route through London. What progress has been made in delivering this aim and what would be the additional cost of this to the project?


Answer for High Speed 2 (2)

Answer for High Speed 2 (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my response to the Secretary of State's consultation on the High Speed 2 (HS2) proposals, I made it clear there were a number of conditions that had to be met for this to be acceptable, with one of these being a longer tunnel through west London.

Following the Department for Transport's announcement to proceed with the HS2 project, I was very pleased to see that the Secretary of State has now acknowledged the important issue of reducing the impact on West London and committed to increasing the amount of line that will be in tunnel through the Ruislip area by extending the length of tunnel by 4.4km at an additional cost of around £50 million.

However, this is just one of the HS2 impacts on London and there remains more work to be done with the promoters of HS2 to secure further environmental mitigation of the route, particularly through Hillingdon. In addition to the environmental impacts of the route, I also have concerns regarding the impact of the scheme on the dispersal of passengers at Euston, the viability of the HS2-HS1 link, and I am pushing Government for further connections at Old Oak Common.