Latest update from HS2, 29 October 2019
Phase 2a Bill progress
As you’ll be aware, the Phase 2a Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. The Parliamentary process will end with Royal Assent of the Bill and once it is passed, the Act will give HS2 Ltd the powers it needs to build and run the railway.
We expect petitions against the Bill in the House of Lords to be heard by a Select Committee of Peers next month, and Royal Assent of the Bill around the end of the year, subject to the availability of Parliamentary time.
Alongside the Parliamentary process, we are continuing our programme of ground investigations on the Phase 2a route. This work is helping us to understand local ground conditions and will inform how the railway will be built. We will continue to keep you up-to-date about any works in your local area.
We have recently established 13 ‘information points’ along the line of route, where members of the public can find out more about HS2. The information points are in public locations like libraries and council office reception areas, and provide a range of documents for people to take away, such as leaflets explaining our community funds and help available for affected property owners.
Our information points are at the following locations:
• Libraries: Brereton, Rugeley, Lichfield, Uttoxeter, Stafford, Stone and Crewe
• Council offices: Lichfield District, Stafford Borough, Staffordshire County, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Cheshire East
• Yarnfield Park Conference Centre
We have a website, known as Commonplace, which is dedicated to news and information about HS2 in your area. It can be found here: www.hs2instaffordshire.co.uk.
We use the website to publish articles of interest to the local community, such as this one about community visits to our ground investigations sites. We also have information on how we would reduce HS2 construction traffic on local roads during construction.
As your local community engagement manager, I will be your long-term point of contact with HS2, and will keep you up-to-date with news and information about HS2 in your area, including local community engagement activity.