HS2 took a major step forward today as the legislation required to build the first phase, from London to Birmingham, completed its Third Reading stage in the House of Commons with MPs voting 399 to 42 in favour of the Bill. It has now been introduced into the House of Lords.
On introduction to the House of Lords, a fresh petitioning period is triggered, and those directly and specially affected by the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill now have the opportunity to petition.
The petitioning period set by the House of Lords runs from today until 18 April. Subject to completing its Parliamentary passage, construction will begin next year.