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High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19 to 2019-21

Type of Bill:
Hybrid Bill
Andrew Stephenson
Department for Transport
Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Department for Transport

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 231 2019-21 (Lords Amendments) (PDF) 14.12.2020

Latest news on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19 to 2019-21

The Bill completed Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 15 July 2019. The Bill duly had a formal first reading for introduction in the House of Lords on Tuesday 16 July.

This triggered a petitioning period for the individuals and organisations directly and specially affected by the scheme. Petitioning ran from 17 July to 16 August. A total of 35 petitions were submitted of which 10 have subsequently been withdrawn.

Visit the Select Committee website for the latest news and sight of the published petitions.

Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - took place on 9 September 2019.

The Bill was carried over into the new session. This meant the Bill could continue its progress through Parliament from the start of the session. 

Following the 2019 General Election, both Houses passed “revival motions” allowing the Bill to continue its progress. In accordance with these motions the Bill was reintroduced in the House of Commons on 3 March 2020, whereupon it was deemed to have passed through all the stages through which it had passed previously. Prior to the Bill’s reintroduction, Minister Andrew Stephenson made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998: “In my view the provisions of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill are compatible with the Convention rights".

5/3/20: Select committee appointed: Lord Brabazon of Tara; Lord Goddard of Stockport; Lord Haselhurst; Lord Hope of Craighead (Chair); Lord Horam; Lord Liddle; Lord Snape.

11/3//20: The committee went on a site visit.

16/3/20: The Standing Orders (Private Business) Committee agreed to the submission of a late petition by Theo Clarke MP.

16/3/20: The committee sat for the Promoter's opening statement and on 17/3/20 for the teach-in sessions before adjourning due to the Covid- 19 pandemic.

20/7/20: The committee sat again in "virtual" proceedings for the noise presentation and from 21 July considered petitions before adjourning on 28 July for the summer recess.

2/9/20: The committee sat again in "hybrid" proceedings in Committee Room 4 and the following week in 4A further to consider petitions.

23/9/20: The committee concluded its petition hearings. 

19/10/20: A report has been agreed and marks the conclusion of the select committee's work. The report can be found here  

The bill will now continue its parliamentary stages: committee, report, third reading and Commons consideration of Lords amendments.

Line by line examination of the Bill took place during the final day of committee stage on 12 November. Amendments discussed covered new clause 59.

Report Stage took place in the Lords on 30 November and 8 December, with Third Reading taking place on 14 December.

Commons Consideration of Lords Amendments takes place on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Summary of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill 2017-19 to 2019-21

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

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