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High Speed 2 Line: Buckinghamshire

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 290785, tabled on 25 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the necessity of commencing planned works in preparation for High Speed 2 around Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire, including the clearance of 500 acres of land, in advance of Notice to Proceed.

Answered on

4 October 2019

Notice to Proceed is the formal contractual process whereby HS2 Ltd will authorise its main works civils contractors to move from the design, development and enabling works stage, into full construction. Government authorisation is required before Notice-to-Proceed takes place.

The enabling works that are taking place now, including those at Steeple Claydon, are necessary to enable the construction of HS2 to proceed in accordance with the programme, following Notice to Proceed.

The Prime Minister has also made clear that the independent review of HS2, which is currently underway, should not unnecessarily delay progress with the project should the Government decide to continue with it.