HS2 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 responsed 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 will be responding to this consultation, which closes on 31 January 2014.