HS2 Development Agreement

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Dear Department for Transport,

Please confirm whether the HS2 Development Agreement dated 8/12/2014 was signed by both parties?

If so, please confirm who signed it and the date it was signed?

Has the Development Agreement been updated since then? If so, please provide a copy of the most recent signed agreement?

What steps has the Department taken to seek independent advice in order to satisfy itself that HS2 Ltd will be able to deliver the Sponsor's Requirement's as set out in the Development Agreement having particular regard to the requirement to achieve a 49 minute journey time from London to Birmingham with 2 stops and a moving average delay per train of less than 30 seconds.

Yours faithfully,

John Marriott

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear John Marriott,

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0013112.

 

A response will be issued to you in due course.

 

Regards,

 

Ivan Pocock

 

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FOI Advice Team, Group Commercial Services Directorate 

D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA  

       
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Catherine Cornwell, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Marriott,

 

Please find attached a reply to your information request of 4^th December,
seeking information relating to the Development Agreement between the
Department for Transport and High Speed Rail 2 Ltd.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Catherine Cornwell

 

 

 

 

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Development Agreement and
Client Board Team 

3/11-15 GMH, Great Minster
House
33 Horseferry Road,
London, SW1P 4DR  

0207 944 2351       07770
635983
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Dear Catherine Cornwell,

I refer to your response dated 22 December 2015 to my FOI/EIR request dated 4th December 2015 concerning the HS2 Development Agreement.

I have these further questions.

Why does the SoS consider it necessary to have a formal agreement between DfT and HS2 Ltd?

How much did the Agreement cost to produce, in terms of legal fees and charges, and staff and other costs borne by two organisations?

Who is the current Project Representative? When were they appointed? If there have been other Project Representatives please provide their names and dates in post.

How has the Project Representative(s) provided assurance that HS2 Ltd is able to deliver the programme according to the requirements in the Development Agreement?

What independent advice was sought to provide assurance that the specified journey time and reliability requirements are deliverable?

What action or financial penalties would be imposed should there be a failure to achieve the specified deliverables?

Yours sincerely,

J Marriott

Department for Transport

Dear J Marriott,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0013359.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Information & Security Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Catherine Cornwell, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Marriott

Thank you for your email. Please find attached a reply to your request for information relating to the Development Agreement.

Best wishes

Catherine Cornwell

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Dear Catherine Cornwell,

Thank you for your response.

With regard to your response to Q3, what was the value of the P-Rep contract?

With regard to Q4, the SYSTRA document you refer to was published in 2011 and many aspects of HS2 have changed since then. The document contains many redactions as well as suggestions for further work including simulating the operation of the overall Y-network, the proposed service diagrams and operational disturbances. The document is particularly critical of the West Midlands Delta Junction and Chapter 7 dealing with that junction is almost totally redacted.

Chapter 8 looks at train reliability in many countries and this clearly shows a high incidence of problems. In para 8.4 it outlines HS2 expectations and considers the implications of it being an "open" system with trains importing delays from the existing railway network. For most passenges reliability is far more important than speed. My last Eurostar journey arrived an hour late at St Pancras, mostly spent at Stratford, waiting for a platform to become available. On the outward journey the German high speed train from Cologne to Frankfurt was an hour late departing because there were problems connecting the two halves of the train.

In para 9.2 there is a long list of recommendations. The one to despatch trains within 5 seconds of the timetabled time looks extremely challenging to say the least. In para 9.3 Further Work it concludes by saying "The Y-network would be faced with a number of challenges that have at this date never been dealt with in an existing railway" and goes on to say "an assessment as described above is absolutely necessary to draw out hidden issues and establish a high speed rail system that is clearly feasible." As far as I am aware the challenges outlined in 2011 have still not been encountered on any existing railway.

It is clear that the SYSTRA document does does not provide any reassurance that the specified reliability and journey time requirements in the Development Agreement are deliverable. I cannot believe that HS2 Ltd and DfT would be prepared to sign up to such terms based on the contents of that report.

I am therefore requesting the publication of any more recent reports that have been produced that do confirm the specified reliability and frequency requirements can be achieved. Please can you also publish the original SYSTRA report without the redactions as the reasons for having them are presumably no longer valid.

Yours sincerely,

J Marriott

Department for Transport

Dear J Marriott,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0013501.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Information & Security Division
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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highspeedrail, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Marriott

 

Thank you for your information request of 15 March. Please see attached a
response letter.

 

Many thanks

 

High Speed Rail Group

 

 

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J Marriott left an annotation ()

The Government has spent nearly £500,000 on legal fees to get an agreement between DfT and HS2 Ltd, which is a non-departmental public body wholly owned by the DfT. Both parties have signed up to deliver certain items as part of the Agreement. Should either party fail to deliver what it has signed up to there is the prospect of claims arising between DfT and a body wholly owned by the DfT and tax-payers' money changing hands, Apart from lawyers, I just can't understand what can be gained from having such an agreement or why anyone would think this is a good idea.