Presented to parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport by Command of Her Majesty January 2012
On 28 February 2011 the government launched a national consultation, ‘High speed rail: Investing in Britain’s future’. The consultation set out the government’s proposed strategy for a national high speed rail network for Britain and the route for an initial line between London and the West Midlands.
The consultation asked seven questions, covering the government’s overall strategy, the proposed route for the London to West Midlands line, the environmental appraisal of this line, and options for supporting property owners affected by the proposals. The consultation closed on 29 July 2011. 54,909 responses were received.
The purpose of this document is to set out the decisions reached by the government in the light of the consultation on these issues. It also outlines the programme for the immediate next stages of the project, including consultation on property and blight proposals and the development of the hybrid Bill for the London-West Midlands line.
- Part I of this document sets out the government’s confirmed strategy for high speed rail
- Part II discusses the key issues raised in consultation responses
- Part III presents the next steps that the government will pursue on the project
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