High Speed Rail - PWC International Benchmarking Study Nov 2016, Cost & speed

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Dear HS2 Ltd

Footnote 18 on page 35 of the PWC report, dated November 2016 states:-

"Since the completion of this study, HS2 Ltd has assessed the impact of different speeds on capital cost, and concluded that the cost of building the Phase One consulted route designed for 200kph would be 9% lower than the cost of a route designed to 360kph."

The report states that the study was completed in 2015. It was released in November 2018.

1. Did the Chancellor of the Exchequer or the Secretary of State for Transport ask HS2 Ltd to assess the impact of speed on building costs or was it initiated by HS2 Ltd?

2. When was the assessment of different speeds on costs started and finished?
Please provide full details of the assessment that was carried out including the methodology, range of speeds examined, assumptions and data used to derive the 9% figure.

3. What assessment, if any, was made by HS2 Ltd regarding the saving in operation & maintenance costs achievable through lower speeds?

4. What assessment, if any, was made by HS2 Ltd regarding the saving in train procurement costs achievable through lower speeds?

Yours faithfully

J Marriott

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

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Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. We are considering your request under
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and no later than 24 December.

 

And please accept my apologies for the delay in sending this
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Your reference number for the request is FOI18-2201.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alistair.

 

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Alistair Hobbs, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Dear J Marriott

FOI18-2201 – Extension of time required

I am writing to advise you that the time limit for responding to your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000
dated and received on 24 November needs to be extended.

Under Section 10(3) of the FOIA – please see
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reasonable extension to this limit, up to an additional 20 working days,
where it needs more time to consider the public interest test.

We will send a response by 23 January 2019.

If the information is available prior to this we will of course respond
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Dear J Marriott,

Please find attached the response to your recent Freedom of Information
request.

Kind regards,

Alistair.

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Dear HS2Enquiries,

FOI18-2201 PWC Benchmarking Study

I am seeking clarification regarding your response dated 24th January 2019

Re Answers 1 and 2
The only reference in the PWC report to the cost / speed difference is in the footnote on page 35 where it states that HS2 Ltd assessed the impact. It does not mention 'Periodic Review'.

Who initiated the HS2 Review that was referred to in the footnote?
When was this initiated and completed?
Please provide a copy of that review, and any othe documents used in its preparation, which show the analysis and assumptions underpinning the 9% figure.
Who carried out the Periodic Review?
Please provide a copy of the Periodic Review.

Re Answers 3 and 4
Please provide a copy of the rolling stock report that assessed the savings in operation & maintenance.
Why did the report only consider speeds down to 300km/h?

Yours sincerely,

J Marriott

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Good afternoon

 

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Dear J Marriott

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. We are considering your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and aim to reply as soon as possible
and no later than 07 March.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI19-3088.

 

Kind regards,

 

Alistair.

 

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Dear J Marriott

With my apologies for the delay in responding, please find attached the
response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kind regards,

Alistair.

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Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited's handling of my FOI request 'High Speed Rail - PWC International Benchmarking Study Nov 2016, Cost & speed'.

My original request was submitted on 24 November 2018 and I got an acknowledgement by return. On 10 December 2018 I received an interim response which said I would get a reply by 24 December 2018. A fairly hopeless response (Response 1) was eventually received on 24 January 2019.

I subsequently queried some strange statements made in Response 1 on 7 February. On 8 February you sent me a holding response saying you aimed to reply by 7 March. I eventually received a reply on 21 May (Response 2) saying that you had no information on all the points raised, including those mentioned in Response 1.

It has taken nearly six months to date to say you have no information which suggests that responding to the questions was not straightforward. Indeed, Response 2 includes "v3" in the filename which suggests it might be the 3rd version. The claim that there is no information is clearly impossible since it in part relates to Response 1 and to statements made in the PWC report and in other statements made by HS2.

As part of your review can you please provide all internal correspondence, emails and any draft replies concerning this matter.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

J Marriott

HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited



Thank you for your email to the HS2 Helpdesk.

 

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Dear J Marriott,

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd. 

 

We are considering your request for Internal Review and aim to reply as
soon as possible and no later than 20 June 2019.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3088-R.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Dear J Marriott,

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd to provide all internal
correspondence, emails and any draft replies concerning FOI-19-3088.

 

We are considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and aim to reply as soon as possible and no later than 20 June 2019.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3246.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

J Palmer | Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Adviser | HS2 Ltd      

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HS2Enquiries, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

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Dear J Marriott,

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd.

 

Please find attached an Extension of Time letter which I trust will prove
self-explanatory.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3246.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

J Palmer | Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Adviser | HS2 Ltd      

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From: Jeanine Palmer On Behalf Of HS2Enquiries
Sent: 23 May 2019 18:15
To: [FOI #534905 email]
Subject: FOI-19-3246 - ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - Documents related to FOI-19-3088
- PWC International Benchmarking Study Nov 2016
Importance: High

 

Dear J Marriott,

 

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd to provide all internal
correspondence, emails and any draft replies concerning FOI-19-3088.

 

We are considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and aim to reply as soon as possible and no later than 20 June 2019.

 

Your reference number for the request is FOI-19-3246.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

J Palmer | Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Adviser | HS2 Ltd      

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