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High Speed 2 Line

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 203655, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) representatives of High Speed 2 have had with the World Health Organisation on noise and High Speed 2.

Answered on

10 July 2014

World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance on noise is freely and publicly available and has been used by HS2 Ltd to help inform their noise assessment and mitigation. The HS2 Acoustic Review Group, which has informed HS2 Ltd's noise assessment, also includes a member that is an advisor to the WHO on its noise guidelines. As a result neither Ministers nor HS2 Ltd officials have discussed noise directly with WHO.