HC Deb 04 November 1993 vol 231 c338W
Mr. Rowe

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about noise mitigation measures on the proposed channel tunnel rail link in relation to trains travelling(a) at 185 mph and (b) at other speeds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman

The possible noise impact of high speed trains features in a number of representations received on the proposed channel tunnel rail link. Mitigation measures such as screens and banks will be provided so that as far as practically possible the noise design aims set by Union Railways are not exceeded for homes and other sensitive receptors. The noise predictions used in planning mitigation measures take account of the assumed speeds for each part of the route. Any homes not benefiting sufficiently from mitigation measures may qualify for noise insulation.

Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give his reasons for limiting international stations on the proposed high speed rail link from London to Folkestone to one additional station between King's Cross-St. Pancras and Ashford; and what is his policy on the provision of other stations to serve regional and national purposes.

Mr. Freeman

No maximum number of international stations has been set. The limitation is financial viability bearing in mind that public subsidy for international stations is forbidden. The provision of both international and domestic stations is addressed in Union Railways' recent report and the Government are considering this and the bids received from the promoter groups for the potential stations.

Mr. Chris Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the full consultation period on all the Union Railways options was expected to expire; and when the Union Railways report on proposals for a high speed channel tunnel link was submitted to him.

Mr. Freeman

Comments from local authorities, action groups and other bodies affected by the route and station options have been sought by 12 November. Comments from the public should be sent by then or very soon afterwards. Union Railways' report was submitted to the Government on 29 October.