In January 2012, the Secretary of State for Transport announced the decision to go ahead with HS2. Details of the route for the first phase from London to the West Midlands and strategy for Phase Two to Leeds and Manchester were also announced.
The decision followed a public consultation on the national strategy for high speed rail and proposed London to West Midlands route, which ran from February to July 2011.
Construction of the London to West Midlands route is expected to begin around 2017. Before this, the Government has to obtain the necessary legal powers to build and operate the railway through a hybrid bill in Parliament. The bill will be deposited by the end of 2013, with a view to Royal Assent being granted in 2015.
In preparation, HS2 Ltd will work closely with relevant organisations, local authorities and communities to develop the route. Together, we will identify potential impacts and explore the best opportunities to mitigate them. A key part of our engagement with individuals, organisations and other stakeholders will be through community forums, whose members will be representatives of communities from along the route.
Whilst these are taking place, our work continues on developing proposals for Phase Two of the HS2 network, which we will be consulting on in the future.
The Aarhus Convention
HS2 Ltd is committed to its legal duty in line with the government’s commitment to the Aarhus Convention that encourages greater participation of the public in governmental decision-making processes and to provide access to information.
You can find out more information on the Aarhus Convention at the following link: