This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'HS2 phase one land grab'.


Department for Transport 
Great Minster House 
33 Horseferry Road 
London 
SW1P 4DR 
 
 
 
Tel: 0300 330 3000 
 
 
 
Web Site: www.gov.uk/dft 
Ms Samantha Colclough 
 
 
Our Ref: F0019391 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19 February 2021 
 
 
 
 
Dear Ms Colclough, 
 
Freedom of Information Act Request - F0019391 
 
Thank you for your request for information which we received on 22 January 
2021. The first part of your request is being dealt with under the terms of the 
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your second question is being dealt with 
under the terms of business as usual as it is a general question and you are 
not seeking a specific piece of recorded information. 
 
You asked for the following information:- 
 
‘In square kilometres, how much land, including temporary sites will 
HS2 Phase one cover.  
 
Also, how will HS2 rebalance opportunity fairly across the country?’  
 
In regard to your first question, we do not hold the information that you have 
asked for. This information is owned by HS2 Ltd. As the company is regarded 
as a separate public authority under the FOI Act, you may wish to submit a 
direct request to HS2 Ltd. Their FOI Team can be contacted at: 
xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx. 
 
With regard to your second question, HS2 is a long-term investment that will 
transform our country’s transport network, bringing our biggest cities closer 
together and boosting productivity. By supporting thousands of skilled jobs, 
HS2 will fire up economic growth and rebalance opportunity across this 
country. 
 

In addition to the towns and cities which will be directly served by HS2, HS2 
will free up space for services on the existing network. The capacity released 
on the conventional network will enable improved regional and cross-country 
services. HS2 will be a fundamental part of Great Britain’s future rail network, 
unlocking benefits for rail passengers across the country, not just those 
directly served by the route.  
 
If you are unhappy with the way the Department has handled your request or 
with the decisions made in relation to your request you may complain within 
two calendar months of the date of this letter by writing to the Department’s 
FOI Advice Team at: 
 
E-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
 
Please send or copy any follow-up correspondence relating to this request to 
the FOI Advice Team to help ensure that it receives prompt attention. Please 
also remember to quote the reference number above in any future 
communications. 
 
Please see attached details of DfT’s complaints procedure and your right to 
complain to the Information Commissioner. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
 
Correspondence Team 
High Speed and Major Rail Projects Group 
 
 
 

 
Your right to complain to DfT and the Information Commissioner 
 
You have the right to complain within two calendar months of the date of this 
letter about the way in which your request for information was handled and/or 
about the decision not to disclose all or part of the information requested. In 
addition a complaint can be made that DfT has not complied with its FOI 
publication scheme. 
 
Your complaint will be acknowledged and you will be advised of a target date 
by which to expect a response. Initially your complaint will be re-considered 
by the official who dealt with your request for information. If, after careful 
consideration, that official decides that his/her decision was correct, your 
complaint will automatically be referred to a senior independent official who 
will conduct a further review. You will be advised of the outcome of your 
complaint and if a decision is taken to disclose information originally withheld 
this will be done as soon as possible. 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the 
right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The 
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
 
Information Commissioner’s Office  
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane  
Wilmslow  
Cheshire  
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