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Response to HS2 proposals

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

Since 2013 there have been a number of consultations concerning HS2 – each consultation is detailed below along with our responses. 

Integrated Rail Plan

Call for evidence

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, and they started this process through a ‘call for evidence’. 

Evidence submission

Joint evidence submission from Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council - May 2020  Opens new window

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. 

Interim report

National Infrastructure Commission - Interim report - July 2020

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

Final report

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. 

Integrated rail plan

The Integrated Rail Plan (expected to be available in 2021) is the Governments proposal on how they intend to deliver HS2 Phase 2b, including the 30km section through Leicestershire.

2019 Design Refinement Consultation

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.

Our cabinet report

Cabinet report - HS2 Phase 2b Design refinement consultation - June 2019

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

Our response to the consultation

Response to HS2 Phase 2b ‘2019 Design refinement’ consultation - September 2019

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

Government response

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

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

2018 Working Draft Environmental Statement and Equalities Impact Assessment Consultations

Consultations

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.

Our cabinet report

Cabinet report - HS2 Phase 2b update - October 2018

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

Our response to the consultations

Response to HS2 Ltd ‘2018 Working draft environmental statement’ consultation - December 2018

This was our 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 our response to the report. 

Summary reports

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.

2017 Leicester and Leicestershire Rail Strategy 

Our cabinet report

Cabinet report - Delivery of Leicester and Leicestershire Rail Strategy (including HS2) – October 2017

This rail strategy highlighted some of the route refinement changes made in 2016. On 10 October 2017 the strategy went to the Cabinet and the Authorities position to enable officers to engage with the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd to seek outcomes that are for the benefit of Leicester and Leicestershire residents and businesses was confirmed.

You can read the minutes and decisions for the cabinet meeting on 10 October 2017

Final rail strategy

Leicester and Leicestershire Rail Strategy - February 2017

This is the final report on Leicester and Leicestershire’s rail strategy. 

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.

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. 

Our response to the consultation

Response to HS2 Phase 2b ‘Route refinement and property’ consultation - March 2017

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.

Phase 2b route decision

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. 

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.

Our cabinet report

Cabinet report - HS2 Phase 2: West Midlands to Leeds HS2 consultation: Proposed response on implications for Leicestershire - January 2014

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

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