On 25 November 2013 the Government published the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill. The Bill confers the powers required to construct phase 1 of the proposed HS2 scheme from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street with intermediate stations in West London (Old Oak Common) and at Birmingham Airport. It provides for a connection to the existing rail link to the Channel Tunnel (HS1) but not to Heathrow Airport.
- authorisation of necessary works to construct and maintain phase 1 of the HS2 line (powers to carry out these works are conferred on a nominated undertaker (HS2 Ltd.))
- power to acquire land (and limited rights in land) necessary for the works to be carried out
- deeming of planning permission to be granted for the works
- deregulation of works on HS2 (the disapplication of certain powers contained in other legislation)
- railways matters, essentially the application of existing legislation to HS2 and the future regulatory regime for the line
- facilitating works on conventional lines to integrate them with HS2.
This is a Hybrid Bill, meaning that it has elements of both a Public and a Private Bill. The Bill was given a Second Reading, therefore those directly and specially affected by the construction of the route were able to petition in front of a specially-convened Select Committee on the Bill.
Background information: Hybrid Bills
Further information on how hybrid bills are dealt with in Parliament is available on the Parliament website.
Current version of the Bill
The petitioning period in the House of Lords ran from: 24 March 2016 to 17:00 on 18 April 2016 820 petitions were accepted. A list is available here. The petitions themselves are also online. They can be found by going to the publications tab (on the left of this page) and then scrolling down the page.Petitions (objections) had to be deposited within those dates. The House of Lords Petitioning Kit is available here (for reference) (on the right hand side of the page).
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