Government plans bill to ensure HS2 goes full speed ahead
THE Government is planning to reinforce its commitment to High Speed 2 by setting out in legislation when – not if – the route will be built.
The 351 miles of track, built for 225mph trains, will run between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss has argued there should be a stop for the HS2 trains in Derby but one is planned instead for Toton Sidings.
The Government is now planning to pass the Paving Bill through Parliament, which will give it financial powers to proceed quickly on essential expenditure on the line's construction design.
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The Government hopes that passing the Paving Bill would demonstrate Parliament's backing for "cracking on" with the project and will encourage investment in areas near the network, including Derby.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "High speed rail is an engine for growth that will help drive regional regeneration. It is vital we press ahead with delivering this crucial project as quickly as possible.
"Introducing a Paving Bill will allow Parliament to underline our commitment to ensuring that Derby benefits from high speed rail. Crucially, it will also give us the spending powers much sooner that will enable us to get moving on the detailed design work for the scheme."