Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP has announced the go ahead to the extension of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds, known as Phase 2b.
The HS2 eastern leg to Leeds is proposed to run through North Warwickshire, affecting communities at Bodymoor Heath, Kingsbury, Birchmoor, Polesworth, Warton and Austrey. The route will cut through the middle of two Warwickshire country parks, Kingsbury Water Park and Pooley Country Park, and the M42 Junction 10 where it meets the A5.
The latest timetable is for construction to start on Phase 2b by 2026 and the railway to be operational in 2033. To enable the line to be built, hybrid bill legislation will need to be deposited to Parliament, scheduled in 2019.
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