On 23rd February 2017 Royal Assent was granted to the HS2 Bill. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament and will provide HS2 Ltd with the powers to construct, operate and maintain Phase One of HS2. High Speed Two (HS2) Limited is the company responsible for developing and promoting the UK's new high speed rail network. The project is split into phases, with Phase One now underway between the West Midlands and London and Phase Two planned to extend the line further north towards Manchester and Leeds.
The HS2 Act of Parliament provides for construction on scheduled works to start within 10 years of the Act having passed.
The legislation includes amendments made as a result of petitions, the formal commitments called ‘undertakings' or ‘assurances' which must be delivered by the scheme. These are all included on the register of undertakings and assurances.
Following Royal Assent for the HS2 Act, HS2 Ltd appointed contractors to deliver early works and main works for the railway. In Warwickshire contractors Laing Murphy JV (LM) and Fusion JV are conducting early works and the main works contractors are Eiffage Kier BAM Ferrovial (EKBF JV) between Wormleighton and Long Itchington Wood Tunnel Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV JV) continuing up the route to North Warwickshire.
Notice to Proceed was issued by the Government in April 2020 to the joint venture companies contracted to build Phase One of the railway. Notice to Proceed is the formal approval for the project to begin the construction phase and activate the main works civils contracts, held by specific joint-ventures.
You can contact the HS2 Helpdesk on Freephone 08081 434 434, by Minicom on 08081 456 472.
There are different departments you can contact depending on what your enquiry is.