This is a one page guide to the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No.4)
This is the fourth round of instructions to the HS2 Select Committee and the third and fourth set of what are called ‘additional provisions’. The Committee explains:
In effect, the instruction will allow the Committee to consider amendments to the scheme around the London terminus at Euston Station and to other parts of the HS2 scheme, brought forward by the Promoter (the Department for Transport/HS2 Ltd.).
Those affected will be able to petition against these amendments, as they have been able to do against the initial scheme. The Committee will hear those petitions and then decide whether the amendments should be added to the Bill.
In summary, it gives the Committee the power to consider amendments relating to:
The plans for the new station at Euston involve the construction of 11 new platforms, to be constructed in two stages:
Amongst other changes, there will be a direct subway between Euston and Euston Square London Underground stations.
In the debate the Rail Minister, Robert Goodwill, said that the overall Phase 1 budget “is not expected to increase” as a result of these changes, including those at Euston. He went on: “many of the changes come at no additional cost, some actually produce small savings and others are absorbed by the contingency set aside at the outset specifically for the purpose of addressing petitioner issues”. [c999]
The estimated costs of previous plans for the HS2 terminus at Euston have ranged between £1 billion and £2 billion.
Yes – and it will likely happen again as the Committee continues to consider the route.
The third instruction to the Committee – and second set of additional provisions – was debated in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 June 2015.
The final document outlining the proposed amendments to the scheme will be published after the debate. This is the document on which any submissions on the petitioning process can be made. In addition, a supplementary environmental statement will also be deposited.
In the debate, Mr Goodwill said that the supplementary environmental statement for Camden would be available from 16 September, for consultation until 6 November, “while the consultation period on the AP4 area will commence in mid-October—I cannot give an exact date—and will run for six weeks”. [c1013]
Department for Transport/HS2 Ltd., High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Additional Provisions 3 and 4: explanatory note, 10 September 2015
HS2 Ltd., HS2 vision for Euston: Leaflet, 9 September 2015
Department for Transport, “HS2 plans can unlock Euston potential”, 8 September 2015
HS2 Select Committee, First Special Report of Session 2014–15, HC 338, 26 March 2015
Department for Transport, Promoter’s Response to the Select Committee’s First Special Report of Session 2014-15, 4 June 2015
HC Library, Railways: HS2 Phase 1, SN316, 19 February 2015
HC Library, High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill 2013-14, RP14-24, 22 April 2014
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7299
Author: Louise Butcher