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About HS2

High Speed 2 (HS2) is currently the largest rail infrastructure project in Europe.

The railway is being developed in phases:

  • phase 1 will connect London with Birmingham
  • phase 2a will connect Birmingham with Manchester
  • phase 2b will connect Birmingham with Leeds and will pass through Leicestershire 

You can view the route maps for each phase on Check the HS2 route (Gov.uk) and where we go (HS2 website) has a list of all the stations, an interactive route map and a description of the route map.

You can read more news surrounding HS2 and HS2 though Leicestershire.

Timeline

You can view the timeline for each Phase on the HS2 website:

HS2 through Leicestershire

The Eastern leg of Phase 2b from West Midlands to Leeds (Gov.uk) shows where the route comes past Leicestershire.

About 30km of Phase 2b will pass through Leicestershire to the north of the County. The proposals for this are now being developed by HS2 Ltd.

Business plan

HS2 through Leicestershire business plan  Opens new window

This plan sets out Leicestershire County Council’s approach to deliver the first stage of work for HS2, from outlining the proposed objectives and aspirations for the council, to the submission of the hybrid Bill.

It outlines how we will work with HS2 Ltd to minimise the direct impact of the construction of the new railway on our highways, communities, businesses and the natural environment.

The overall programme for HS2 Phase 2b is:

  • 2020 – Hybrid Bill submitted to Parliament
  • 2023 – Royal assent
  • 2023 – Site clearance and construction start
  • 2031 – Construction substantially complete
  • 2033 – First passenger trains run

Oakervee review of HS2

In February 2020 the Government asked Douglas Oakervee to review HS2 and recommend a way forward. His recommendation was that the Government should have an Integrated Rail Plan to see how best to connect HS2 to existing rail infrastructure.

Hybrid Bill

A hybrid Bill is legislation promoted by Government in Parliament to secure powers to construct and operate major infrastructure projects of national importance. This allows the Government to seek the full range of statutory powers and authorisations that a project of this size and complexity requires. This may include revisions to the rail regulatory regime and the planning regime, as well as provisions to enable the making of subsequent orders and regulations by way of statutory instrument. Hybrid Bills have been most recently used for Phase One and Phase 2a of HS2, as well as projects such as CrossRail and the Channel Tunnel (HS1).

A hybrid Bill will not only grant deemed planning permission to build the HS2 network, but will also give it powers to:

  • build, operate 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

A hybrid Bill is comparable with outline planning permission. It will not be possible to alter HS2 proposals after hybrid Bill receives Royal assent.

You can read more about the hybrid Bill:

Royal assent

The Royal assent of the sovereign to a Bill which has been passed by Parliament, and which then becomes an Act of Parliament. Royal assent by the sovereign (in person or through commissioners of the Crown) is required before a Bill (or a Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England) can come into force as law, but it has not been withheld since 1707.

Phase 1 and 2a of the HS2 programme are now at construction stage and have received Royal assent that has allowed them to proceed to this stage. 

For Phase 1 of HS2 the hybrid Bill was deposited on the 25 November 2013 with Royal assent being granted on 23 February 2017.  You can read more in the HS2 Phase One: High speed rail (London to West Midlands) bill 

For Phase 2a of HS2 the hybrid Bill was deposited on the 17 July 2017 with Royal assent being granted on 11 February 2021.  You can read more in the HS2 Phase 2a: High speed rail (West Midlands to Crewe) act 2021  

Contact HS2

You can contact HS2 Ltd for information, help or enquiries or if you would like to make a:

  • complaint
  • enquiry
  • compliment

Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk
Freephone: 08081 434 434

Further Reading 

HS2 in Warwickshire
(Example of the notices that are being provided)  

Sustainability (HS2) – provides information on HS2 Ltd’s environmental and sustainability approach

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