A Hybrid Bill is legislation issued by Parliament to secure powers to construct and operate major infrastructure projects which are promoted by Government. The Bill will introduce new laws or change existing ones to enable the delivery of the scheme.
Recent Hybrid Bills include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act (HS1) and Crossrail Act 2008.
In order to secure the required powers, HS2 Limited will work with the Government to develop a Bill for each stage which will be subject to debate within both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. A Select Committee will hear evidence from both promoters and petitioners to then be able to recommend changes.