High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill: Commons remaining stages

15 July 2019

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Bill passes its remaining stages in the Commons.

Remaining Stages - 15 July 2019

Following an urgent question on Monday 15 July, approved a Business Motions setting out timings for the remaining stages. The Bill had spent over a year being scrutinised by a Bill Select Committee, which undertook visits and heard petitions.

The passage of this Bill would authorise the next stage of the HS2 rail project.

Several New Clauses were tabled and divided on, but none were approved, and the Bill ultimately passed its remaining stages unamended, concluding its House of Commons stages.

The Bill will next be scrutinised by the House of Lords.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: previous Commons stages

Public Bill Committee: 25 June 2019

The Bill was considered in a Public Bill Committee which met on Tuesday 25 June 2019 and reported the Bill without amendment.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill Select Committee

The Select Committee on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill was set up following Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19.

The Committee provided individuals and organisations directly and specially affected by the Bill with the opportunity to object to the Bill's specific provisions and seek amendments to the Bill, although not to object to the principle of the Bill.

Second Reading: 30 January 2018

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, opened the debate.

Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading by 295 votes to 12 and was then considered by the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee.

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill aims to:

  • confer the powers required to construct the second phase - "Phase 2a" - of a proposed new national high speed rail network, "High Speed 2" (or "HS2").
  • Phase 2a will involve the construction of new railway lines (one track in each direction) between the West Midlands (at Fradley) and Crewe.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Hybrid bills

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill is a hybrid bill.

Hybrid bills mix the characteristics of public and private bills. The changes to the law proposed by a hybrid bill would affect the general public but would also have a significant impact for specific individuals or groups.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the Bill.

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