Warwickshire County Council has lodged its petition with Parliament to contest the Government’s hybrid Bill legislation for High Speed Rail 2 (HS2).
The petition contains Warwickshire’s requirements from HS2 Ltd based on the published route outlined in the Environmental Statement.
The HS2 hybrid Bill, which passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons on April 28, is the Government legislation which will allow HS2 to be built.
Petitions will be considered by a Parliamentary Select Committee at a future date.
Warwickshire County Council’s position on HS2
High Speed 2 (HS2) will be the biggest infrastructure project in a generation. The construction of HS2 Phase One will have a significant impact on the lives, communities and countryside of Warwickshire for the next 10 years and beyond, while the impact of Phase Two will be felt for almost as long again in North Warwickshire. It is imperative that the county council continues to provide detailed scrutiny of HS2 to ensure that the impact on Warwickshire is as minimal as possible, and fairly compensated where necessary.
On February 25 2014 a Council resolution was passed for to formally oppose the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill deposited in Parliament. This included authorisation to instruct a Parliamentary Agent to lodge a petition against it.