HS2 bill receives royal assent

Approval by Parliament means construction of the high speed line from London to Birmingham can begin.

CONSTRUCTION of the first phase of HS2 is expected to start within weeks now that royal assent has been given following approval by Parliament.

The bill for construction was first published on November 25, 2013, and a total of 820 petitions were received for consideration by the Government. The changes that took place as a result of debate by both Houses of Parliament included an increase in the tunnelled section from 12 to 31 miles, mainly to protect the landscape in the Chilterns.

The line will run from London Euston, with trains calling at Old Oak Common and then running non-stop to Birmingham Interchange, which will provide passengers with onward connections to the West Coast Main Line and Birmingham International Airport. The route then terminates at Birmingham Curzon Street, where the layout will allow trains to continue to Lichfield and a junction with the WCML.

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