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.

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

  1. Construction: HS2 Phase 2a information papers
  2. Operations: HS2 Phase 2a information papers
  3. Equality impact assessment for HS2 Phase 2a


  1. Estimate of Expense for HS2 Phase 2a

HS2 policies

  1. Policy: HS2 Phase 2a information papers

Getting the bill


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.

  1. HS2 Phase 2a community newsletters
  2. HS2 Phase 2a: Assurances given during Select Committee
  3. Guidance relating to right to be heard challenges for the HS2 Phase 2a hybrid Bill
  4. HS2 Phase Two commercial case
  5. HS2 Phase Two economic case
  6. HS2 Phase Two economic case advice for the Department for Transport
  7. HS2 Phase Two financial case
  8. HS2 Phase Two management case
  9. HS2 Phase Two strategic case
  10. HS2: rail alternatives to Phase 2a
  11. HS2 Phase 2a West Midlands to Crewe: Summary of Route Refinements
  12. HS2 Phase 2a Route Engineering Report and Maps
  13. HS2 Phase 2a Post Consultation Appraisal of Sustainability
  14. Post Consultation Appraisal of Sustainability: HS2 Phase 2b Combined Mapping
  15. HS2: government response to the Phase 2a safeguarding consultation
  16. HS2 Phase Two: plans for the route
  17. Area specific information about the HS2 Phase 2a route
  18. HS2 regional factsheets


  1. HS2: from concept to reality
  2. Huge economic boost for the north of England as Transport Secretary confirms HS2 routes
  3. HS2 update: Phase 2a and Phase 2b
Published 18 July 2017
Last updated 20 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to government response to 2nd Select Committee report added
  2. Update following Select Committee decision.
  3. Updated 'The Bill' section to reflect latest progress
  4. Link to additional provision and supplementary environmental statement added
  5. Route fly-over video added
  6. Update relating to the Second Reading of the Bill
  7. First published.