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Phase Two Consultation underway

Six-month process with public information events along route from mid-October 2013 to early January 2014.

Panel Image 6A public consultation on the proposed route for Phase Two of HS2, from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester is underway.

It will run for six months and will be accompanied by a series of public information events from mid-October 2013 to early January 2014 where people will be able to review local information and speak directly with HS2 Ltd staff about the proposals.

Scope

Launching the consultation, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said, “HS2 will be a vital part of our infrastructure. This new high speed line will open up opportunities for this country that we have not seen in generations. Its scope to transform this country is enormous.

“We need the views of the people who will be affected by the HS2 line or who stand to benefit from it, including representatives of cities and businesses to ensure that the high speed lines from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond are the very best that they can be.”

Optimising

“HS2 is going to provide a huge boost to jobs and growth right across West Yorkshire and the City region, with a new report to next week’s ITA Executive Board meeting expected to identify as much as £800m of potential economic benefits that could be generated by optimising the use of the existing network,” said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis, commenting on today’s launch.

“However it is vitally important that the concerns of people who will be affected directly by the construction of the scheme have the right to make their views known through a comprehensive public consultation process such as we have seen unveiled today.”

Forefront

Mr McLoughlin decribed HS2 as a state-of-the-art, safe, reliable high speed network that will serve our great cities and return Britain to the forefront of engineering and construction.

“We must seize the chance to deliver it,” he said. “We can generate jobs, support regeneration and growth in cites and unite regions. This will enable them to better compete with the capital, building a stronger Britain.”

“The views we get during this consultation will play an important part in informing my decision on a final route, station and depot options by the end of 2014.”

Assist

The Minister said the Government understands the impact and anxiety that these proposals have on property owners affected by the route and announced he was also launching an Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) to assist property owners during the early stages of Phase Two’s development.

The temporary scheme is designed to assist people whose properties are affected by the plans for the line who may experience exceptional hardship because they can not sell them. Successful applicants’ properties purchased at 100% of their pre-HS2 proposals value.

Link to the consultation documents on the HS2 website.

Arial photo of proposed Leeds HS2 station

Illustration of proposed Leeds New Lane HS2 station