High Speed Two (HS2) is on track to deliver the next generation of high speed rail for the UK, with dedicated high speed lines to be built between London and the West Midlands (Phase 1), followed by staged extensions to Leeds and Manchester (Phase 2). Connections to existing mainlines in both phases will extend the benefits of this new infrastructure to rail users across the UK. HS2 Ltd, established in 2009, has developed these proposals to meet the UK’s need for sustainable rail capacity and services into the future.
We have been involved in HS2 since it began in 2009 and are the longest running environmental services consultant on the project, delivering a range of services for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. We worked alongside HS2 Ltd to develop route options, support an extensive public consultation programme and produce an Appraisal of Sustainability (AoS) report (2009-2012) for Phase 1. We subsequently took a lead role in a consortium selected to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of more than 55% of the selected Phase 1 route, producing an Environmental Statement (ES) based on this work (2012-2014) and we continue to support HS2 Ltd through the Hybrid Bill committee processes (2015-present). We have simultaneously led on the Phase 2 option selection and AoS (2011-present).