The HS2 (London – West Midlands) Act 2017

For the thousands of landowners, businesses and individuals up and down the country who are adversely affected by HS2, and for those who are generally opposed to the project, Royal Assent of the HS2 hybrid bill will be a bitter blow. The battle to stop it is lost. However, there may be a sense of relief that, finally, we have certainty.

HS2 announces development partner

On the 9th February HS2 Ltd announced the appointment of its development partner and engineering and environment consultants for Phase 2b (the sections between Crewe and Manchester and between the West Midlands and Leeds) as CH2M, the same company appointed for Phase 1.

High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) update and schedule

On 25 November 2013, the Hybrid Bill for the construction of phase 1 of HS2 was laid before the House of Commons for the first reading, along with the 50,000 page Environmental Statement. The consultation period for the latter runs until 10 February 2014 (extended from 24 January 2014). In addition, the revised consultation on property compensation, which was rerun following a successful legal challenge, ended on 4 December 2013 and will be reporting shortly.

HS2: Safeguarding Direction Secures the Route

Hot on the heels of the news that the cost of HS2 has risen to c. £43bn (excluding rolling stock), the Secretary of State for Transport announced on July 9 that the route of phase one (London to Birmingham) has been safeguarded. From now on, no development can take place within 60m of either side of the route without the express permission of HS2 Limited, the company established to oversee the building of the railway. In addition, statutory blight now applies within that 120m strip whereby owners of affected property can serve notice on the Government to buy their property.

High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) - an overview

The Secretary of State for Transport published, on 20th December 2010, the government’s proposed line of the route between London and the West Midlands for consultation. A national high speed rail network is intended to reduce journey times and increase capacity between cities, bringing London within 49 minutes of Birmingham, and to within 80 minutes or less of both Manchester and Leeds.

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