Property update — January 2014: HS2
Wragge & Co reported in its November/December property update that the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 25 November 2013. The bill, once enacted, will give consent for the first phase of the new high-speed rail project, including the powers to construct and operate the line from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street, with stations in West London and at Birmingham Airport.
It is expected that the second reading of the bill in the House of Commons will take place in April 2014. Between then and now, the government is consulting on the environmental statement, which seeks to assess the likely significant effects of the construction and operation of the railway line on the environment. The original deadline of 24 January 2014 for lodging a response to the consultation has been extended to 27 February 2014 due to procedural issues.
Once the consultation period has finished, a summary report of the comments made on the environmental statement will be prepared, which will inform the second reading. At the second reading, the principle of high-speed rail will be debated…
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