Consultation outcome

HS2 Phase 2b draft Environmental Impact Assessment Scope and Methodology Report

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This SMR has been updated following consultation undertaken on the draft document. The SMR provides an outline description of the Proposed Scheme and sets out the proposed scope of the environmental effects to be considered during the EIA.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

Summarises the key themes and comments raised during consultation, explaining how these have been considered through the development and EIA of the Proposed Scheme.

Consultation responses have been reviewed and considered and those directly relevant to the draft EIA SMR have been incorporated into the EIA SMR where appropriate.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the draft Scope and Methodology Report, which will inform how the Environmental Impact Assessment will be undertaken for Phase 2b.

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Consultation description

To prepare for the High Speed Two (HS2) Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds) hybrid Bill, the government has commissioned consultants to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepare an Environmental Statement (ES). The EIA will identify the likely significant environmental effects and appropriate measures to limit such effects.

The Scope and Methodology Report (SMR) is a technical document which outlines the approach to the EIA. The SMR does not include assessment findings. Findings will be contained within the final ES for the Phase 2b route.

We are now asking local authorities, relevant statutory consultees and national interest groups along the route to comment on the draft EIA SMR, which will inform the way in which the EIA is undertaken.

A separate consultation on the draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) SMR is running concurrently. Please clearly mark on your response form which consultation you are responding to.

Background information

The Secretary of State for Transport recently announced the government’s decision on the route for the next phase of HS2: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. This part of the route is expected to open in 2033. To obtain the legal powers to build and operate this part of the railway, the government intends to deposit a hybrid Bill in Parliament during 2019.

Confidentiality and data protection

Consultation responses will be published on a publicly accessible website. Individuals’ names, addresses or signatures will not be published. However, please do not include information in your response that could identify you, unless you are happy for it to be made public.

If you do not want any of your response to be published, you should clearly mark it as ‘Confidential’ in the subject line of the email or at the top of your letter.

All information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to disclosure in accordance with access to information regimes - these are, primarily, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals with our confidentiality obligations, amongst other things. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain in your response why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information you provide, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding for the Department for Transport or HS2 Ltd.


Published 17 July 2017
Last updated 11 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Summary report and final outcome added

  2. First published.