On 25 November 2013, the government deposited a hybrid Bill with Parliament titled ‘High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill’. The Bill grants the powers to construct Phase One of the HS2 network, but also grant powers to:
build and maintain HS2 and its associated works
compulsorily acquire interests in the land required
affect or change rights of way, including the stopping-up or diversion of highways and waterways (permanently or temporarily)
modify infrastructure belonging to statutory undertakers (e.g. utility companies)
carry out work on listed buildings and demolish buildings in conservation areas; and
carry out protective works to buildings and third-party infrastructure.
It also grants the necessary changes to existing legislation to facilitate construction and operation of Phase One of HS2.
The High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill and further details regarding the Select Committee can be found on the UK Parliament website.
Supplementary Environmental Statements and Additional Provisions
A number of amendments to the original High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill have been deposited in Parliament. These are known as ‘Additional Provisions’ and can be viewed on the HS2 Phase One Additional Provisions collection page. This includes supplements to the environmental statement.
This section contains information relating to the route, including maps with detailed technical drawings of the areas affected.