Hybrid Bill

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Next stage for the Bill

Second Reading

28 April 2014 (confirmed)

House of Commons

This is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the general principles and themes of the Bill, as well as the Select Committee being set-up.

Previous stage

First Reading

25 November 2013

House of Commons

This is the first stage of the Bill’s passage through the House of Commons and is a formality, taking place without debate. The short title of the Bill is read out and is followed by an order for the Bill to be printed. For further information regarding the Parliamentary process and links to more detailed information on the UK Parliament website, please visit our web page 'The Parliamentary process' at:

Brief overview

The Government has deposited a hybrid Bill with Parliament for Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands, which will secure the powers to construct and maintain Phase One.

The Bill is titled the ‘High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill’.

Following First Reading of the Bill in Parliament in the afternoon of Monday 25 November 2013, the Bill, formal Environmental Statement and supporting documents have been made available online.

Visit our dedicated hybrid Bill section on this website for further details:


Announcement of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

A Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) has been laid in Parliament for the hybrid Bill and can be viewed on the GOV.UK website at:


The Secretary of State for Transport said: 

"HS2 is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project in the UK since we built the M25 30 years ago, and in 30 more it will be just as integral a part of the nation’s prosperity."

Read the full story on the GOV.UK website at: