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Hybrid bill unveiled for high-speed rail link

HS2 train concept art

HS2 bill allows public affected by route to get their say

The government has published a hybrid bill to pave the way for the high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham.
The bill, effectively the planning application for the scheme, allows those affected by the proposed line to petition Parliament both for and against the proposals and have their case heard by a committee of MPs. An environmental statement for phase one of the scheme has also been published. The bill and supporting material stretches to nearly 50,000 pages.
The Department for Transport said that the bill should achieve Royal Assent by the end of the current Parliament in 2015, allowing construction of phase one to begin in 2016 or 2017. This initial London to Birmingham section of the route is currently scheduled for completion in 2026.