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HS2 opens consultations for Phase 2 environment and impact reports

The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today the launch of two HS2 consultations for the section of the route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds, which is known as Phase 2b.

These consultations are on:

The working draft Environmental Statement that describes the potential environmental effects of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.

The working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report that considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of HS2 Phase 2b on people with protected characteristics.

Both consultations will close at 23:45 on 21 December 2018.

Feedback will be considered as HS2 further develops its proposals.

An Environmental Statement and Equality Impact Assessment Report will then be submitted to Parliament alongside the hybrid Bill in mid-2020.

To support these consultations, we are holding a series of information events from late October to early December 2018.

The events will be attended by a range of specialists from HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to guide people through the consultation documents.

In addition, reference copies of the consultation documents are available at a number of locations during the consultation period. A full list of the events and information points is available at www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b.

HS2 has also produced a series of videos to introduce and explain the consultations. These are available via the website along with a new interactive tool that has been designed to help people find the information in the working draft Environmental Statement most relevant to them.

If you have any questions, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk, or your existing HS2 contact.

For further information on the consultations please visit the HS2 website www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b.

To access the consultation documents directly and for details of how to respond to the consultations, please use the following links.

Working draft Environmental Statement

Working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report 

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “HS2 is a major infrastructure project and, as with anything built on this scale, there is bound to be an impact on the local environment.

“It’s essential that HS2 gets things right from day one and the only way it can do that is if we all take take part in transparent and open consultation, which is what is now being offered to us.

"The economic advantage that HS2 Phase 2b will bring to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire has been independently estimated at about £4bn a year.

“That assessment included the benefits that would come from a new train maintenance depot at Staveley, the benefits to Chesterfield of HS2 services running through the town and the development around the station hub planned for Toton."