HS2 on track for royal assent in February 2017
Published February 1st, 2017
On the 31st January 2017 the House of Lords peers opposed a backbench move to block legislation that paves the way for the first phase of the £55.7 billion HS2 scheme by 386 votes to 26, a majority of 360. Following this third reading of the bill and overwhelming vote of support, the bill for phase one of HS2 will now return to the House of Commons for consideration of the Lords’ amendments. It is expected that royal assent will follow in mid-February 2017 after more than three years of parliamentary scrutiny.
Once the Queen has granted royal assent for the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill preparations can commence for construction of phase one of HS2 from London to Birmingham. This first section is due to open in December 2026.
A second Y-shaped phase is being launched in two stages and being dealt with by separate hybrid bill process. Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe is due to open in 2027 and phase 2b, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, will begin operation in 2033.
Marcus Blake of Berrys’ Towcester office commented:
“The granting of royal assent will take away an element of uncertainty for many affected land landowner on the route of phase one of HS2. We now need to assist those land owners to ensure that they are treated as fairly as possible by HS2 before, during and after the line is constructed.”
For further advice on Phase 1 of HS2 please contact Marcus Blake at our Towcester office on 01327 356140 or for advice on Phases 2a & 2b, please contact Graham Bowcock at our Northwich office on 01606 49200.