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Latest developments


  • 28 July 2014: Birmingham City Council, Centro and HS2 Ltd. Announced their agreement on how they will work together to address Birmingham- centric points raised in petitions. The council will continue to support concerns raised by other petitioners.
  • 24 July 2014: The SoS announced the Government’s response to the recommendations of the HS2 Growth Taskforce on maximising the benefits of HS2 
  • 21 July 2014: Sir Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport), Sir David Higgins (Chairman of HS2), Andy Street (Chairman of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership) and Sir Albert Bore (Leader of Birmingham City Council) made several major announcements about HS2:
    • A new regeneration company will lead the redevelopment around Curzon Street, Birmingham’s HS2 terminus.
    • Redevelopment is set to deliver 14,000 jobs and up to £1.3 billion boost to the local economy.
    • Birmingham has been chosen as the location for the HS2 Construction HQ creating 1,500 jobs.
    • £30 million has been allocated by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to kick-start development activity.
    • £130 million has been secured from the Local Growth Fund for HS2 related projects. This includes the work to extend the Midland Metro tram service to HS2 Curzon Street Station.
  • 8 July 2014: The Government announced its latest consultation on compensation arrangements for property owners affected by HS2. 
  • 16 May 2014: Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Centro and other key public and private sector organisations formally submitted petitions to the HS2 Bill 
  • 28 April: The High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill was granted Second Reading by the House of Commons. This means that HS2 Phase One (London to Birmingham) can go ahead in principle, subject to the agreement of the details between the House of Commons and House of Lords


  • Hybrid Bill & Formal Environmental consultation published for Phase one of HS2.
  • Consultations launched into Exceptional Hardship scheme for Leeds, Manchester and proposed Heathrow Spur, the proposed route for HS2 Phase 2,  along with Draft Environmental and Design Refinement consultations.


  • HS2 taken to next stage of scheme development, alterations made to the Birmingham to London link to reduce environmental impact.
  • Consultations launched into the route between London and the West Midlands, Property Compensation and Safeguarding.


  • The council resolved to welcome plans for HS2 to the centre of Birmingham, and highlighted some issues and concerns. Consultations launched by the government into the preferred route for phase 1.
  • Citizens consulted on HS2 with 61% of responses in support of the scheme.


  • The Government conducted initial consultations into HS2 route options, and an Exceptional Hardship Scheme.