Queen’s Speech shows HS2 Phase 2 (West Mids-Crewe) is still on the agenda

Document released alongside the Queen’s Speech today have revealed that the West Midlands to Crewe section of HS2 is still on the agenda, despite rumours that parts of Phase 2 were set to be scrapped. The bill was included to the agenda despite the ongoing Oakervee Review set to be released soon. The review will determine ‘whether and how’ the scheme will proceed and the document references this review.

If approved, the bill will require compulsory purchasing of land required for this stretch of HS2, along with the commencement of planning and regulations to be applied.

You can read the HS2 section of the document below:

High Speed Rail 2 (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill

The purpose of the Bill is to:

  • Provide the powers to build and operate the next stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) network (Phase 2a).

The main benefits of the Bill would be:

  • Bringing the improved connectivity of HS2 to more cities in the north, sooner.

The main elements of the Bill are:

  • Powers to compulsorily acquire the land needed for the railway, construct therailway, and operate it.
  • Deemed planning permission to deliver the scheme. The details of planning will be developed on a site-by-site basis in coordination with the local planning authority.
  • Setting out the way railway regulation will apply to HS2.
  • Modification, or disapplication, of existing legislation that would apply to construction of the scheme, reflecting the fact that the scheme will have been approved by Parliament.

Territorial extent and application:

  • The Bill’s provisions would apply in the main to England, with clauses 34-39 and schedule 28-29 applying and extending to England, Wales and Scotland.

Key facts

  • The Phase 2a route is 36 miles long, running from a spur from the Phase One route, at Fradley, near Lichfield. It connects to the West Coast Main Line, south of Crewe.
  • A review led by Doug Oakervee is considering HS2’s benefits and impacts; affordability and efficiency; deliverability; and scope and phasing, including its relationship with Northern Powerhouse Rail.
  • HS2 journeys north of Birmingham will be up to 13 minutes faster than they will be following the construction of Phase One of HS2.
  • The journey time between Crewe and London will be cut from 90 minutes today, to 55 minutes
  • Trains will stop at Crewe, allowing passengers on trains to and from Crewe to connect with HS2 services.
  • The Bill was introduced in the House of Commons in July 2017