High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Commons Second Reading

30 January 2018

MPs debated the Second Reading of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Second Reading

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 will now be 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 Second Reading.

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