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Eversheds Sutherland helps HS2 keep on track in the securing of Royal Assent for landmark Hybrid Bill

  • United Kingdom


    10th March 2017

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) advises on the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017 which received Royal Assent on 23 February 2017. The Act approves the construction and operation of Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands.

    This important milestone for HS2 is the next step towards Phase One being operational, which is anticipated to be active by 2026. HS2 will create much needed capacity on the UK rail network and will relieve congestion on existing railway routes, it will also achieve substantially reduced journey times between London and Britain’s major cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

    Since 2012, Eversheds Sutherland (legacy Eversheds) has been advising the Department for Transport and HS2 Limited jointly with Winckworth Sherwoods on all aspects of the promotion of the hybrid Bill through Parliament. During the Select Committee hearings the team advised on the preparation for 233 days of hearings to hear around 2,400 petitioners to the Bill. This has included advising on the exchange of over 21,500 hearing exhibits and the preparation of approximately 4,500 assurances.

    The Eversheds Sutherland parliamentary & infrastructure consenting team advising the Department for Transport and HS2 Limited is led by partner Stephen Collings who is supported by partners, James O’Connor and Monica Peto and the wider national planning team. Principal associates, John Grimbley and Richard Marsh, senior associate Juliet Clark, senior parliamentary clerk Darren White, parliamentary clerk David Slevin and associates Jessica Craven, Sarah Wood and Clare Shaw also assisted.

    Stephen Collings comments:

    “HS2 is the most important and exciting public transport infrastructure in Europe and its strategic and economic significance for the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated. This is a key milestone for the future of high speed rail in the UK. We are very excited to be part of the team engaged on such a significant project and look forward to supporting HS2 on the next stage of its journey.”


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