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This blog publicised the public consultation, which ran February to July 2011

Planning and legislation

Average number of long distance trips per person per year

More information about the HS2 consultation. Planning and Legislation factsheets include:

  • Alternative Routes Considered – “Route 1.5” Via Heathrow
  • Alternative Routes Considered – “Route 2.5”
  • Alternative Routes Considered – “Route 4”
  • Arrangements for dealing with property blight
  • Connecting to Heathrow
  • Exceptional Hardship Scheme
  • Fares on Long Distance Rail and HS2 (London to West Midlands)
  • Forward Timetable
  • Future Demand for Long Distance Travel
  • Government Hybrid Bills
  • Summary of the HS2 Economic Case

Read the factsheet introduction, and access the full factsheet using the links below.

Alternative Routes Considered – Route 1.5 Via Heathrow

Find out here about an alternative route for HS2 (London to West Midlands) that we looked at when developing options including:

• a description of this alternative route via Heathrow; and
• key factors considered for this route.

Route 1.5 via Heathrow factsheet – view PDF online
Route 1.5 via Heathrow factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Alternative Routes Considered – Route 2.5

Find out here about an alternative route for HS2 (London to West Midlands) that we looked at when developing options including:

• a description of this alternative route; and
• key factors considered for this route

Route 2.5 factsheet – view PDF online
Route 2.5 factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Alternative Routes Considered – Route 4

Find out here about an alternative route for HS2 (London to West Midlands) that we looked at when developing options including:

• a description of this alternative route; and
• key factors considered for this route.

Route 4 factsheet – view PDF online
Route 4 factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Arrangements for Dealing with Property Blight

Find out here about blight – the adverse effect that HS2 (London to West Midlands) may have on some people’s ability to sell their property – and the arrangements that are, or would be, in place to address this. These include statutory provisions, which the government is obliged to provide by law, as well as additional ‘discretionary arrangements’.

A separate factsheet gives details on the Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) which is currently in place for those who urgently need to sell their property and would experience exceptional hardship if they could not.

Arrangements for dealing with property blight factsheet – view PDF online
Arrangements for dealing with property blight factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Connecting to Heathrow

Find out here about how HS2 would improve links to Heathrow from the West Midlands and beyond, including:

• why the Government considers that it is important for HS2 to connect to Heathrow;
• the options for connecting to Heathrow; and
• the Government’s proposal.

Connecting to Heathrow factsheet – view PDF online
Connecting to Heathrow factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Exceptional Hardship Scheme

Find out here about the Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS), including:

• what is the EHS and why was it introduced;
• how do I apply;
• how much will you pay me for my property if I qualify, and
• when will the scheme end.

A separate factsheet “Arrangements for dealing with property blight” gives details of wider government arrangements for dealing with property blight.

Exceptional Hardship Scheme factsheet – view PDF online
Exceptional Hardship Scheme factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Fares on Long Distance Rail and HS2 (London to West Midlands)

Find out here about fares on long distance trains, the assumptions we have made in our assessment of HS2 London to West Midlands, and issues that might be addressed in future work.

Fares factsheet – view PDF online
Fares factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Forward Timetable

Find out here about:

• what happens immediately after the consultation;
• what the longer term plans would be to implement the proposed route between London and Birmingham; and
• what the plans are to extend the proposed route further

Forward timetable factsheet – view PDF online
Forward timetable factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Future Demand for Long Distance Travel

Find out here about the key recent trends in the growth of long distance travel and forecasts of future growth which underpin the Economic Case:

• Demand for long distance travel has grown across all modes over the past 15 years with particularly strong growth in demand for long distance rail
journeys;
• this has mainly been the result of growing prosperity;
• forecasts indicate that rising incomes and population will see a continuation of this growth, but generally at a more modest level than seen on average in the recent past.

Future demand factsheet – view PDF online
Future demand factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Government Hybrid Bills

Find out here about Hybrid Bills and how one for HS2 (London to West Midlands) would work, including:

• what is a Hybrid Bill;
• why the Government has proposed a Hybrid Bill for HS2 (London to West Midlands); and
• how you can have a say in the Hybrid Bill process.

Hybrid Bills factsheet – view PDF online
Hybrid Bills factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Summary of the HS2 Economic Case

Find out here about a summary of the Economic Case for HS2 (London to West Midlands), including:

• how the Economic Case is summarised as a benefit to cost ratio (BCR) of the scheme – the ratio of the total lifetime benefits to the lifetime cost to Government;
• how the main benefits from high speed rail accrue to rail users, especially business travellers;
• how there are further benefits to the national economy arising from improved connections between firms;
• the costs associated with HS2 (London to West Midlands) including capital costs of the line and trains, and the lifetime operating costs associated with running the system; and
• the BCR for HS2 (London to West Midlands) which has been calculated to be 2.0 including Wider Economic Impacts. Every £1 spent by Government generates £2 of benefit.

Summary of the HS2 economic case factsheet – view PDF online
Summary of the HS2 economic case factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Written by HS2 Ltd

May 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

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