This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the contents of the HS2 Bill and its progress in the House of Commons.Jump to full report >>
The High Speed Rail (London—West Midlands) Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 23 March 2016 and is due to receive its second reading on 14 April 2016. The Bill is large and complex and, if passed, would give both parliamentary and planning approval to phase one of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
High Speed 2 is a project to build a high speed rail line from London to Manchester and Leeds, via Birmingham, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Crewe. The planned line would begin operation in 2026 and be completed by 2032. In November 2015, the Government put the total cost of the HS2 project, in 2015 prices, at £55.7 billion (including rolling stock). The project is currently split into three phases and the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill is concerned with phase one of the proposed line, between Euston in London to Birmingham Curzon Street and Handsacre with intermediate stations in West London (Old Oak Common) and at Birmingham Airport. The Explanatory Notes to the Bill provide a detailed commentary on the Bill’s clauses, which include provisions regarding:
The Bill is a hybrid bill, meaning that it has elements of both a public and private bill. A House of Commons Library briefing outlines the procedural differences between a hybrid and public bill. Following second reading, hybrid bills are committed to a specially convened committee to allow those affected by the Bill to petition against aspects to which they object. In the Commons, this stage of the Bill took almost two years to complete. After the committee has reported, a hybrid bill is considered in committee, on report and debated at third reading on the floor of the House.
This Lords Library briefing provides a short overview of the contents of the HS2 Bill and provides a summary of its progress through the House of Commons.
Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0024
Author: Heather Evennett
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