Terms of Reference
Our main conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 1: An introduction to High Speed
"This is the age of the train"
What is High Speed 2?
The reasons for building HS2
Should HS2 be part of a wider plan?
Chapter 2: The cost of HS2
Cost of construction
Cost of complementary projects
The effect of speed on the cost
Cost of disruption
Expected net cost of HS2 to the Government
Chapter 2: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 3: Demand and fares modelling
How demand is modelled
Forecast demand'without HS2 scenario'
Forecast demand'with HS2 scenario'
Demand forecasts for other high speed railways
Level of fares on HS2
Chapter 3: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 4: Capacity
Explanation of the capacity problem in the
Overcrowding on long-distance services
Overcrowding on commuter services
Space for commuter and freight train paths
Chapter 4: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 5: Alternatives to provide capacity
The Government's assessment of other ways
to increase capacity
Other alternative solutions to the capacity
Have the Government considered all the options?
Has the Government properly considered the
alternatives to provide additional capacity?
Chapter 5: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 6: Will HS2 stimulate economic growth?
How is the economic impact of HS2 assessed
in the Economic Case?
Does transport infrastructure stimulate growth?
How will HS2 affect economic activity in
How can the benefits of HS2 be maximised?
The effect of HS2 on freight
Chapter 6: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 7: Is HS2 the best way to stimulate
economic growth in the north of England?
Improving regional connectivity
Building HS2 from north to south?
The importance of investment in infrastructure
Chapter 7: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 8: Estimating the benefits of HS2
Cost-benefit analysis of HS2
The transport user benefits of HS2
Values of travel time savings
Business travel on HS2
Chapter 8: Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 9: The questions for Government
Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations
Appendix 2: List of witnesses
Appendix 3: Call for evidence
Appendix 4: List of correspondence
Evidence is published online at http://www.parliament.uk/hleconomicaffairs and
available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219
Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.