HS2 Petitioning

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2960
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Mayor provide itemised costs that have been incurred by the GLA to date making representations to the Government on HS2, and what costs he expects the GLA to incur over the next year?

Answer

Answer for HS2 Petitioning

Answer for HS2 Petitioning

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I support the principle of a new High Speed 2 rail line with new stations at Old Oak Common and Euston, but have raised a number of matters that would need to be addressed to ensure the delivery of a scheme that secures the best outcome for London. Therefore, the GLA has submitted petitions to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill Select Committee, with the objective of securing a series of changes to the Bill.

Legal and evidence building work is required to support this process and approximately £146,000 has been spent to date.

This consists of:

       Approximately £108,000 on GLA legal support through a Parliamentary Agent; and for Leading Counsel to advise the GLA on legal matters related to the Select Committee evidence hearings.

       Approximately £38,000 on specialist external consultants to prepare detailed evidence to support the petitions.

       As the next stage of petitioning has just commenced, work is underway to establish the expected costs over the next year.