Royal Assent granted for Phase 1 of HS2

Published February 28th, 2017

Following more than three years of Parliamentary scrutiny, Phase 1 of HS2 received Royal Assent on February 23. The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) hybrid Bill is Government legislation which gives powers for Phase 1 of HS2 to be built.

Upon the granting of Royal Assent, the Bill became an Act of Parliament. The Bill now grants planning and provides compulsory purchase powers for the construction of the new high speed railway from Euston in London through to both Birmingham and Lichfield in the West Midlands.

This Bill for HS2 Phase 1 will be followed by a second Bill for Phase 2a between the West Midlands and Crewe. The second Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent in 2019. A third Bill will follow and seek powers for Phase 2b route leading to Manchester and Leeds.

Over the next 18 months HS2 will complete the remaining surveys for Phase 1, ready for major construction to commence in 2018. This is expected to be followed by eight years of building works ready for Phase 1 to open in 2026. HS2’s goal is for remaining phases of the high speed rail network to then extend into the centres of Manchester and Leeds by 2033.

For further information and advice on Phase 1 of HS2 please contact Marcus Blake at our Towcester office on 01327 356140 or email For enquiries regarding Phases 2a and 2b please contact Graham Bowcock at our Northwich office on 01606 818953 or email

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Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01327 356143
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Marcus is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He joined Berrys in 2011 as a Senior Practitioner.

Marcus has a background advising landowners, farmers and charities on a broad spectrum of work, valuation and estate management advice. He can assist on the sale and purchase of rural and development property, whether by private sale or auction. Working with land owners, charities and developers, Marcus has practical experience on a diverse range of planning and development projects. He can provide advice on small, medium and large scale schemes, plus Option and Promotion Agreements. Since 2010 Marcus has advised property owners on all aspects of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link plus other schemes involving compulsory purchase.