HS2 update: how to protect your interests by petitioning against the Hybrid Bill

By Christopher Stanwell and Alice Cook

The powers to construct and operate phase one of High Speed 2 (HS2) will be secured by means of a hybrid bill: the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill. This briefing explains how to petition against the bill in order to secure concessions, if appropriate. It also sets out the parliamentary process that the bill will have to go through before it becomes an act of parliament.

After the second reading of the bill, which will take place on 29 April 2014, there will be an opportunity for individuals, organisations or groups of people that are specially and directly affected by the bill to submit petitions against it with a view to protecting their interests where this is possible.

Nabarro has petitioned on behalf of various clients in relation to the Crossrail Bill and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill and we are currently acting for a number of major property companies and individuals in relation to the bill. Nabarro recommends that those affected by HS2 should review the impact that the scheme will have on them and their property interests and petition against the bill for the reasons set out below…

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