Nearly 12 months since the government introduced the High Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) hybrid bill into Parliament, Phase 2b has seen progress, with the House of Commons agreeing the motion to appoint Members to the High Speed Rail Bill Select Committee on Tuesday 13th December 2022. The appointment of Committee members marks the 4th stage of the Hybrid Bill Procedure.
The Committee provides individuals and bodies directly and specially affected by the Bill with the opportunity to object to the Bill’s specific provisions and to seek its amendment. The Committee will hear the cases made by the promoter of the Bill (the Secretary of State for Transport) and petitioners against the Bill, to determine whether any amendments should be made to the Bill or any assurances or undertakings given by the promoter before the Bill can proceed.
The Committee is not able to consider the principle or underlying policy of the Bill, nor can the Committee request that the route be changed, or new additional stations or spurs be built.
The Members appointed are:
- Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly
- Antony Higginbotham, Conservative MP for Burnley
- Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington
- Holly Mumby-Croft, Conservative MP for Scunthorpe
- Gavin Newlands, Scottish National Party MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North
- Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole
- Martin Vickers, Conservative MP for Cleethorpes
Whilst Members appointed reflect a range of interests, including the current government and members of the opposing party, none of those selected represent the constituencies directly impacted by Phase 2b of HS2.
Roger Hannah are advising property and landowners affected by HS2 in submitting petitions and on wider compensation matters. If you are affected, please contact our Compulsory Purchase Team to discuss further.