Hurdle cleared for HS2’s Phase 2b Parliament bill

Hurdle cleared for HS2’s Phase 2b Parliament bill

The second set of proposals for Phase 2b has been introduced to Parliament, HS2 Ltd has confirmed.

The submission of Additional Provision (AP2) is an important milestone for the process of ensuring that HS2 remains on track for Crewe-Manchester extension. These are the second set of proposed changes for the extension, which is due to run between Crewe and two new dedicated HS2 stations at Manchester Airport and Piccadilly stations.

The High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill which seeks the power to extend and operate the new high-speed network to Manchester, was submitted to Parliament in January 2022. Changes to bills before they are passed are not uncommon and this bill had a first round of amendments – called Additional Provision 1 (AP1) submitted in June 2022.

Stephen Smith, head of consultation and engagement for HS2’s Phase 2b programme said: “Extending the HS2 network to Manchester will vastly improve connectivity between the UK’s major towns and cities, while freeing up vital capacity on the existing rail network for more local and regional rail services.

“This latest set of design changes reflects our ongoing commitment to minimise disruption during the construction and operational phases.”

This additional adjustments to the bill that are included in AP2:

  • Realignment of the M56 junction 6
  • Lane and slip road works at junctions 19 and 20a of the M6
  • Relocation of the Palatine Road Vent Shaft to the former Hollies Convent School site near the Britannia Country House Hotel
  • Altered utility works to avoid or mitigate impacts on 5 ancient woodlands and sites of special scientific interest
  • Road works along the line of route between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly station to reduce congestion and increase road capacity during construction and operation

The Rail Minister, Huw Merriman said in a written statement to parliament: “I have overseen extensive engagement with affected individuals and their communities by HS2 Ltd and I have written to elected representatives, such as parish councils and local authority leaders, as well as my colleagues with impacted constituencies in Parliament.”

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