Consultations and property compensation

Design refinement consultation

The Government has announced the launch of a consultation on 11 proposed changes to the design of Phase 2b, the section of the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds.

These changes are being proposed following design development, environmental assessment, feedback to consultations and ongoing engagement and are a mixture of relocations and realignments, new infrastructure and the introduction of new scope to the HS2 design.

The changes only affect sections of the Phase 2b route. However, everyone is welcome to respond to the consultation. In Warwickshire, the changes proposed are the realignment of the route at junction 10 of the M42 and a maintenance facility at Austrey, North Warwickshire.

The Secretary of State will decide whether to include the proposed changes in the Phase 2b design following consideration of the feedback to this consultation.

This consultation will close at 11.45pm on 6 September 2019. Access the consultation documents and for details on how to respond 

HS2 Ltd is holding public information events near each of the proposed changes, where members of the project team will be available to help answer questions.
Details of the events are on

Copies of the consultation documents are also being made available at a number of public venues in the vicinity of each proposed change. Details of these venues can also be found at

The website also includes a navigator tool to help identify the location of each of the proposed changes and provide access to detailed plans and visual representations.

If you have any questions related to this consultation, please contact the Helpdesk on 0808 143 4434 or email [email protected]

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.

Our response to the HS2 Phase 2b Design Refinement Consultation is now online and available to download

Property compensation

Discretionary schemes already available for other phases of the project are now in place for those living along the 2b route.

Scope and Methodology Report

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.