With the publication shortly before Christmas of the House of Lords Bill Committee report on HS2, the Phase 1 HS2 Bill continues to grind its way through the Houses of Parliament.
There are several more stages to take place in the House of Lords: Committee Stage, Report Stage and Third Reading. Then there will be Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments.
In addition, the Department for Transport have yet to respond to the House of Lords report.
The date for the Committee stage, with line by line examination of the Bill, has been set for Tuesday January 10th. This will be a Grand Committee. We will give more information as it becomes available.
It’s worth noting that the original timeline for HS2 had targeted Royal Assent for before the 2015 General Election, so HS2 is approximately two years behind that schedule already.