HS2 Could Include £2.6 Billion Water Pipe
The water giant has projected a cost of £7 million per mile to install the 6 ft in diameter pipe which will boost water supply to London and the South of England. United Utilities has made a rough estimate the project will cost £1.1 billion to build the pipeline from London to Birmingham and another £1.5 billion to complete the entire project from Birmingham to Leeds.
Sustainability Director of Thames Water, Richard Aylard, welcomed United Utilities’ plans to build a water pipe alongside the HS2. He said: “It’s well worth looking at and makes sense to do so as part of the HS2 project.” However, Mr Aylard questioned who would bear the cost of the project saying that the scheme is likely to affect water consumers paying higher bills.
The government recently backed the £32 billion investment for the high-speed railway which will create new jobs in the building construction sector, boost the economy and cut the journey time between London and Birmingham to 49 minutes.
United Utilities’ Chief Financial Officer, Russ Houlden, said that England is facing drought challenges and the HS2 is an opportunity to run a water pipeline between the North and South of England which will tackle concerns regarding water shortages in the future.
Mr Houlden said: “The current drought emphasises what we have known for some time – that there is more water available in the North than the South and that this issue will become more acute as climate change impacts hits us over the next 50 years. A North-South pipeline could be built to address that. Typically, the objections to such an idea have been build cost, operational cost, planning difficulties and environmental impact.
“HS2 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to minimise planning difficulties and environmental impact.” Mr Houlden added.
United Utilities is expected to present its proposals to the House of Commons Select Committee on the 7th March this year. Further details about the construction work and who might be running the scheme will be announced at a later date.
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