HS2 Scheme Development to Date
2009 / 2010
In late 2009 / early 2010 the Government consulted on route options and an initial Exceptional Hardship Scheme associated with emerging proposals for HS2.
On 11 January 2011 the City Council resolved to welcome plans to bring High Speed Rail - HS2 - to the centre of Birmingham and to work with other local authorities to promote the benefits of the proposals.
In Spring / Summer 2011 the Government, through its appointed agents HS2 Ltd, consulted upon its proposed Strategy for High Speed Rail and the alignment of the preferred route option for Phase 1 of the scheme, linking London to Birmingham.
The City Council responded to this national consultation, confirming its strong support for High Speed Two, both in principle and for the London-Birmingham route proposals. The response also highlighted some issues and concerns at both local and strategic levels which we wanted to see addressed moving forward, and some specific comments relating to the proposed new HS2 station in Birmingham City Centre.
As part of this consultation the City Council also carried out its own consultation with residents along the route and across the wider City. In total, 569 questionnaires were received with the majority (61%) of respondents supportive of proposals for HS2.
On 10 January 2012, the then Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, announced that the High Speed 2 proposal will be taken forward to the next stage of scheme development.
As part of the announcement, the Government made a number of alterations to the previously consulted upon Birmingham – London link to reduce its environmental impact, but no changes were proposed to the route within Birmingham.
On 25 October 2012 Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, announced the launch of two consultations related to the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands; one on Property Compensation and another on Safeguarding. The Property Compensation Consultation sets out the Government’s proposed package of measures for owners and occupiers of property along the HS2 route between London and the West Midlands. The City Council responded to these consultations in January 2013.
On 28 January 2013, Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, announced proposals for Phase Two of HS2, extending the network north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. The Government also announced its decision to suspend the development of a spur connecting HS2 with Heathrow Airport, subject to the outcome of the Airport Commission.
Alongside the Phase Two announcement, the Government launched a consultation on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme for Leeds, Manchester and the proposed Heathrow spur. The scheme aims to assist eligible residential and small business owner-occupiers whose property value may be affected by the initial preferred route options for Phase Two of the network.
On 16 May 2013, the Government launched two consultations, which closed on 11 July 2013. These were the draft Environmental Statement Consultation and the Design Refinement Consultation. The City Council responded to both these consultations.
On 17 July 2013, the national consultation on the proposed route for Phase 2 from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds was launched. Although the proposals don’t directly affect Birmingham there are potential wider implications in terms of our connectivity to northern cities, which is just as important as connections to London, and so we responded to this consultation, which closed on 31 January 2014.
On 25 November 2013 the Government published the Hybrid Bill for Phase One of HS2 (London to West Midlands), together with the Formal ES consultation for Phase One. The City Council responded to this Formal ES consultation.
On 28 April 2014 the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill was granted Second Reading by the House of Commons. This means that HS2 Phase One (London to Birmingham) can go ahead in principle, subject to agreement of the details between the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
On 16 May 2014, Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Centro and other key public and private sector organisations formally submitted petitions to the HS2 Bill to ensure the benefits of this transformational project are maximised.
On 8 July 2014, the Government announced its latest consultation on compensation arrangements for property owners affected by HS2. On 21st July 2014 the Secretary of State for Transport, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2, Andy Street, Chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), and Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, made several major announcements about HS2 as outlined below:
- A new regeneration company will lead the redevelopment around Curzon Street, Birmingham’s HS2 terminus;
- Redevelopment set to deliver 14,000 jobs and up to £1.3 billion boost to the local economy;
- Birmingham chosen as location for the HS2 Construction HQ, creating 1,500 jobs;
- Allocation of £30m of funding by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to kick-start development activity; and
- £130m secured earlier this month from Local Growth Fund for HS2 related projects – work has begun on a project to extend Midland Metro to HS2 Curzon St station.
The City Council believes that this is a great boost to the GBSLEP growth story and one that shows the strength of the partnerships across Birmingham and the West Midlands.
On 24 July 2014 the SoS announced the Government’s response to the recommendations of the HS2 Growth Taskforce (GTF) on maximising the benefits of HS2.
On 28 July 2014, Birmingham City Council, Centro and HS2 Ltd announced their agreement on how they will work together to address Birmingham-centric points raised in their petitions. The City Council will continue to support the concerns raised by other petitioners as appropriate and relevant to the City.