Phase 2b route confirmation – July 2017
The Government has confirmed its plans to extend of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds, known as Phase 2b.
It follows a consultation held in November last year on its preferred alignment. The Transport Secretary has made one change to the route, taking into account the county council’s representation requesting the line be moved away from the village of Austrey.
The HS2 eastern leg to Leeds is proposed to run through North Warwickshire, affecting communities at Bodymoor Heath, Kingsbury, Birchmoor, Polesworth, Warton and Austrey. The route will cut through the middle of two Warwickshire country parks, Kingsbury Water Park and Pooley Country Park, and the M42 Junction 10 where it meets the A5.
The latest timetable is for construction to start on Phase 2b from 2023 and the railway to be operational in 2033. To enable the line to be built, hybrid bill legislation is scheduled to be deposited to Parliament in 2019.
As preparation for the HS2 Phase 2b hybrid Bill to build the line, the Government has commissioned consultants to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepare an Environmental Statement (ES). The EIA will identify the likely significant environmental effects and appropriate measures to limit such effects.
A consultation has been opened to gather views on the Scope and Methodology Report (SMR), a technical document which outlines the approach to the EIA. A separate consultation on the draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) SMR is running concurrently.
The closing date for the consultations is September 29.
Discretionary schemes already available for other phases of the project are now in place for those living along the 2b route.