Please see the message below, shared on behalf of HS2:
As you may be aware, Phase One of the new High Speed Two Railway (HS2), the part of the route between the West Midlands and London, received Royal Assent on 23 February 2017.
In being given Royal Assent, HS2 Ltd now has the powers it needs to construct Phase One between London and the West Midlands. This includes the permission to:
• Buy the land required for the project on a permanent or acquire on a temporary basis,
• Access land to complete surveys,
• Clear the land needed for the route including removing structures, trees or shrubbery,
• Divert highways and waterways (permanently or temporarily),
• Modify infrastructure such as public utilities,
• Build the HS2 railway and its associated works and carry out protective works to buildings and infrastructure.
Royal Assent doesn’t mean that HS2 Ltd has the powers to deliver all of the works required for the new railway without seeking additional consents from the relevant Local Authority, or appropriate body.
Up and down the route, the first things communities may see is the early enabling works, which will mean that our contractors are carrying out the environmental and ecology works required before main construction works can start. The attached leaflets provide more information on what happens next.
Two funds, worth £40 million, are now open for bids: the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF). The CEF will help enhance community facilities, improve access to the countryside and conserve the natural environment, while the BLEF will support local economies in areas where businesses may experience disruption from the construction of HS2.
The West Midlands (Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry) has been allocated £7.5 million of funding; the website for the funds is now: www.groundwork.org.uk/hs2funds.
Digbeth Residents Association plan to welcome representatives from HS2 to future meetings, keeping lines of communication open to benefit all parties.