Environmental Impact Assessment
The Government has commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before introducing the hybrid bill to authorise the London to West Midlands route.
The EIA process is designed to understand in detail the effects of the scheme on the environment along the route and identify measures to mitigate these effects where possible. It will involve a scoping stage, ongoing local engagement and the production of a report called an Environmental Statement, which will be deposited in Parliament with the hybrid bill.
The Draft Environmental Statement will describe the scheme, setting out the likely significant effects the HS2 project may have on the environment, and proposals to avoid, reduce or remedy significant adverse effects that may be identified.
The responses that we received as part of the consultation on the Appraisal of Sustainability in 2011 have been used as a starting point for planning the EIA.
We expect to consult on the Draft Environmental Statement in spring 2013.
|April 2012 -
|Consultation on Draft Scope and Methodology document for the Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Spring 2012 - Spring 2013||Engagement programme for Phase 1 route as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process|
|Spring 2013 - Summer 2013||Consultation on the Draft Environmental Statement for Phase 1|
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