The Government’s High Speed 2 Bill today received Royal Assent. The Government is now authorised to start construction on High Speed 2.
This is, of course, extremely disappointing to residents who have fought so hard against the project.
I am committed to ensuring that, once construction does begin, the very highest standards of construction practice are adhered to and that disruption is – as far as possible – kept to a minimum.
I have today received correspondence from the Secretary of State for Transport setting out details for the Homeowner Payment Scheme which might be of interest to some constituents. If I can assist any constituents with their claims, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
HS2 Property Schemes Leaflet
Select Committee on High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill
The Committee's report is available to download here. (Published 22nd February 2016)
John Bercow gives evidence to the HS2 Select Committee backing calls for a tunnel at Chetwode, 2nd February 2016
John Bercow gives evidence to the HS2 Select Committee, 20th October 2015
High Speed 2 Compensation
High Speed 2 Compensation Consultation
The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, has announced the launch of another consultation into the compensation arrangements for those affected by High Speed 2. For details visit GOV.UK, Open Consultation: HS2 property consultation 2014.
The consultation closes on 30th September 2014.
Click here to read John Bercow's response to the compensation consultation, 18th September 2014.
The HS2 Independent Assessor has now published its summary of responses to the recent Environmental Statement. A copy of the report is available here.
Environmental Audit Select Committee Report into HS2
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee has recently published its report into HS2 and the environment. The Committee has recommended that the HS2 Bill Select Committee be given scope to examine the environmental impact of the project and require it to report on these impacts. The full report is available here.