One of the banners at the Aylesbury HS2 Consultation roadshow gave a proposed timeline as to what will happen. I’ve copied the events below.
|End 2011||Decision as to whether to go ahead with HS2|
|If decision is to go ahead|
|Early 2012||Launch of consultation on safeguarding and additional support arrangements|
|Summer 2012||Safeguarding, statutory blight and addition support|
|Spring 2013||Consultation on the enviroment, based on the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)|
|2015||Target date for royal assent|
|2017-2025||Construction starts and ends at different points along the route|
|2024-26||Commission and testing|
|End 2025/Early 2026||Line opens to passengers|
NB this is not the exact wording they used, but HS2 Ltd would probably agree it is an accurate paraphrase.