HS2 proposals and Leicestershire County Council responses

Find out about all the latest decisions that have been made by Leicestershire County Council.

The key events in HS2 development through Leicestershire are shown below in reverse chronological order (newest first). This list includes both key government publications, and the County Council response where appropriate.

Integrated Rail Plan

The Government’s integrated rail plan sets out for delivering and sequencing major rail investment in the North and Midlands.

November 2021 - Integrated Rail Plan published

The Integrated Rail Plan for the North and East Midlands is the Governments proposal on how they intend to deliver HS2 Phase 2b, including the 30km section through Leicestershire.

December 2020

National Infrastructure Commission, Rail Needs Assessment - Final report December 2020.

The report contained a series of options for the government to consider in its Integrated Rail Plan expected in mid-2021.

July 2020

National Infrastructure Commission, interim report (July 2020)

This report sets out the methodology that will be used in the final report.

May 2020 - LCC evidence submission to the NIC call for evidence

The joint evidence was submitted to the National Infrastructure Commission to help form their Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North and includes the Leicester Rail Station strategic outline business case.

National Infrastructure Commission, call for evidence (May 2020)

In February 2020 after the Oakervee review it was recommended for HS2 to continue in full. The Government asked the National infrastructure to produce a Rail Needs Assessment, they started this process through a ‘call for evidence’. 

Design refinement consultation

The government consulted on 11 proposed refinements/changes to the Phase 2b design including Realignment of the route between Ashby-de-a-Zouch and Diseworth, Leicestershire, and the temporary construction of a railhead near Ashby de la Zouch. We are still waiting for the outcome of this consultation.

October 2020 - Ipsos MORI Summary report of the Design refinement consultation responses

HS2 Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds - Summary report (October 2020)

September 2019 - Design Refinement consultation, LCC response

This was the Leicestershire County Council's response to the Department for Transport’s HS2 Phase 2b design refinement consultation, published on 6 June 2019. These proposals set out 11 refinements/changes to the route of HS2 Phase 2b.

HS2 Ltd responded to the feedback from its Design Refinement Consultation on Phase 2b.

June 2019 - Phase 2b Western leg

HS2 Phase 2b Western leg design refinement consultation (June 2019)

The Department for Transport published this consultation including changes to the design and route of the railway through Leicestershire.

On the 20 June 2019 the Cabinet was updated on the consultation and how the changes will affect Leicestershire.

Environmental and Equality statement

June 2019

HS2 Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds

Consultation on the working draft Environmental Statement, summary report (June 2019)

On the 6 June 2019 the Government published a summary report which included the responses received, including those from Leicestershire.

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Equality Impact Assessment report consultation summary report

Summary of the response received to the consultation.

December 2018

This was the LCC  response before the end of the consultation period, in December 2018.

Response to HS2 Ltd - 2018 Working draft Equality Impact Assessment consultation (December 2018)

This was the LCC response to the report.

October 2018

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Environmental Statement documents (October 2018)

HS2 Ltd released this collection of documents to consult on until the 21 December 2018.

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report (October 2018)

Published by HS2 Ltd.

On the 16 October 2018 the Cabinet was updated on the current position on the proposed 30km long High-Speed Rail (HS2) route through Leicestershire and seek approval on the approach to mitigation measures against HS2 impacts. This was also to seek approval to allocate additional resources to deal with the development of HS2 in Leicestershire.

You can read the minutes and decisions for the cabinet meeting on 16 October 2018.

Phase 2b Route decision 2017 – HS2: From Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds and beyond

July 2017

HS2: From Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds and beyond – Phase 2b route decision (July 2017)

This report provides a summary of responses for the Route Refinement and Property Consultation that ran for 16 weeks starting in November 2016 and comes with a Phase 2b route decision. 

March 2017 - Our response to the consultation

Part A of this response was to respond to the High Speed Two Phase 2b Property Consultation and Part B focused on the Route Refinement Consultation.

February 2017 - Our cabinet report

Cabinet Report Development of a rail strategy (including HS2) for Leicester and Leicestershire (February 2017)

The cabinet was updated on the Route Refinement consultation at their meeting on 10 February 2017. Approval was also sought from the cabinet on the adoption of the draft Leicester and Leicestershire Rail Strategy.

You can read the minutes and decisions for the cabinet meeting on 10 February 2017 which form part of the Council’s formal position on HS2 Phase 2b.

November 2016 - 2016 Route Refinement and Property Consultation - HS2 Phase 2b

HS2 Phase 2b Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: property consultation (November 2016)

This consultation began in November 2016 and ran for 16 weeks. Its aim was to seek views on the property compensation and assistance schemes proposed for people affected by the plans for the HS2 Phase 2b route.

2013 route alignment consultation

January 2014 - Our cabinet report Cabinet report

On 15 January 2014 the Cabinet met to discuss the response to the Government’s HS2 Phase 2 route consultation. This report was submitted to HS2 Ltd in January 2014 as our response to the High Speed 2 (Phase 2) consultation.

You can read the minutes and decisions for the cabinet meeting on 15 January 2014.

July 2013 - 2013 Route Alignment Consultation - HS2 Phase 2

Phase 2 proposed route documents - Published July 2013

Set out the proposed route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond as at July 2013. The information supported the route consultation that ran from July 2013 to January 2014.