Parliamentary Standing Orders require an Environmental Statement (ES) to be submitted alongside the bill. In advance of the formal submission we have developed a working draft ES, which presents draft environmental information.
The working draft ES describes the likely environmental impacts of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects. It is based on a point-in-time assessment in the ongoing development of Phase 2b. Feedback will be taken into consideration as we further develop of our proposals and a final ES will be submitted to Parliament alongside the hybrid Bill.
We would like to hear your views on the working draft ES. To view the relevant documents please visit the Phase 2b working draft ES collection page.
Responses to the consultation will be considered as the design and assessment is developed and during the production of the ES for deposit in Parliament as part of the hybrid Bill.
In July 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the preferred route for the next phase of HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds (known as Phase 2b). To obtain the legal powers to build and operate this part of the railway, the government intends to deposit a hybrid Bill in Parliament in mid-2020.
Working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report
We are also consulting on a working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report alongside the consultation on the working draft ES.
From October to December 2018, we will be holding a series of public information events to support the consultations. More information about these events can be found on our website.