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HS2 Phase 2a: High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill

Documents and information relating to the HS2 hybrid Bill for Phase 2a of the project between the West Midlands and Crewe.

HS2 Phase Two is being delivered in 2 stages:

  • HS2 Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)
  • HS2 Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester, and the West Midlands to Leeds)

The Bill

On 17 July 2017, the government introduced the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill into Parliament. This hybrid Bill is to authorise the next part of the HS2 railway network, known as Phase 2a. This will run between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe in Cheshire. A hybrid Bill mixes the characteristics of public and private Bills.

In January 2018 we published an update on the Bill in advance of its Second Reading in the House of Commons. For more information read our Phase 2a Bill update. The Bill secured its Second Reading on 30 January, by 295 votes to 12.

Second Reading triggered a petitioning period during which those whose property or interests are specially and directly affected by the Bill could submit a petition, or objection, against it, and a Select Committee was appointed to hear those petitions. A total of 187 petitions against the Bill were deposited, and the Select Committee began its hearings on 19 March.

On 23 March 2018 the government deposited an Additional Provision and Supplementary Environmental Statement to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill in Parliament. These provide additional environmental information and propose further amendments to the Bill. A total of 33 petitions against the Additional Provision were deposited.

On 24 May 2018 the Select Committee published a report announcing their first major decisions. Read our Bill update to find out more. On 25 June 2018, the government published its response to the Select Committee’s report.

On 23 July 2018 the Select Committee published their second report, covering the petitions heard following the main in principle cases at the start of their hearings. On 13 November 2018, the government published its response to the Select Committee’s report.

On 8 February 2019 the government deposited a second Additional Provision (AP2) and Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES2) to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill in Parliament. The changes are a result of the Select Committee process, ongoing discussions with petitioners and stakeholders and as a result of design refinements. New environmental baseline information has also become available. A total of 82 petitions against the Additional Provision were deposited. The Select Committee resumed its hearings on 25 March 2019.

The Select Committee concluded its hearings on 15 May 2019 and on 7 June 2019 the Select Committee published their third report. On 24 June 2019 the government published its response to the Select Committee’s report. The government also published a Command Paper setting out the government overview of the case for HS2 Phase 2a and its environmental impacts, in advance of the Bill receiving its Third Reading in the House of Commons.

On 15 July 2019 the Bill received its Third Reading in the House of Commons, with 263 votes for and 17 votes against. The Bill received its First Reading in the House of Lords on 16 July. The House of Lords petitioning period ran from 17 July to 16 August, and a total of 35 petitions against the Bill were deposited. Further information and guidance about the petitioning process can be found on Parliament’s website. The Promoter has refreshed its guidance relating to right to be heard challenges now that the Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords.

The Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 9 September but progress on the Bill, and the Select Committee’s hearing of petitions, was paused due to the dissolution of Parliament. Following the General Election in December and publication of the Oakervee review of HS2 and the government’s decision to proceed with Phase 2a in February 2020, the Bill was revived in the new Parliament. The Bill has been committed to a Select Committee who will consider the petitions deposited against it. The Select Committee began its hearings in March but hearings have been paused in light of the current Coronavirus restrictions. The Select Committee resumed its hearings virtually, by means of videoconferencing, on 20 July.

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill can be found on the UK Parliament website, along with further details relating to the bill and Select Committee.

The Bill will 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
  • carry out protective works to buildings and third-party infrastructure
  • make necessary changes to existing legislation to facilitate construction and operation of HS2

This is a large piece of legislation and is accompanied by around 140 documents totalling 12,000 pages. We recommend reading the guidance documents in each section first. For the Environmental Statement these include the guide and non-technical summary. For the Equality Impact Assessment these include the report summary and the easy read summary.

The route

This section contains information relating to the HS2 Phase 2a route and maps with detailed technical drawings of the areas affected. The video below provides an annotated fly-over of the Phase 2a route.

HS2 Phase 2a fly-over of the route

Property affected by the route

Environmental impact

The Phase 2a environmental statement documents include more information, such as the likely environmental impacts along the route and measures to manage and reduce them.

Our consultations, which closed on 30 September 2017, gave you a chance to tell us how work on the planned new railway from the West Midlands to Crewe will affect you. The results (once available) can be accessed below.

Construction and operation

Costs

HS2 policies

Getting the bill

Consultations

Past and present consultations in relation to Phase 2a of High Speed Two.

Supporting information

The documents listed below are not part of the hybrid bill but provide useful information and context for HS2 Phase 2a and the documents submitted as part of the hybrid bill.

Announcements

Published 18 July 2017
Last updated 21 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update on resumption of Select Committee hearings

  2. Update regarding Select Committee hearings

  3. Update to Phase 2a bill progress added

  4. Update under 'The Bill' section on progress of Phase 2a bill

  5. Update on progress of Phase 2a bill

  6. Update on progress of the bill added to 'The bill' section

  7. Update following 3rd reading in House of Commons.

  8. Links to response to 3rd select committee report and command paper added

  9. Consolidated plans, statement of reasons, government response to the Select Committee’s third report added.

  10. Update on Select Committee hearings

  11. Information relating to number of AP2 petitions added.

  12. Updated to reflect AP2 and SES2

  13. Link to government response to 2nd Select Committee report added

  14. Update following Select Committee decision.

  15. Updated 'The Bill' section to reflect latest progress

  16. Link to additional provision and supplementary environmental statement added

  17. Route fly-over video added

  18. Update relating to the Second Reading of the Bill

  19. First published.