The act

Royal Assent was granted for the HS2 Bill on February 23, 2017. Following Royal Assent, the Bill became an Act of Parliament and provides HS2 Ltd with the powers to construct, operate and maintain Phase One of HS2.

It marked the completion of a process which began in March 2010 when the Government announced its preferred route for a high speed railway (HS2) from London to the West Midlands.

In January 2012 the route was confirmed and the Phase One Hybrid Bill was deposited in Parliament on November 25, 2013.

The Bill passed through both the House of Commons and House of Lords before reaching the statute book 1,187 days later.