The next phase of the UK’s HS2 high-speed rail network has received Royal Assent, which will introduce the new high-speed railway to the north.
Phase 2A of the project will extend from the West Midlands to Crewe.
The act of Parliament was approved exactly one year after the project was accepted by the ministers.
Considering that the Phase 2a Bill has been signed into law, HS2 will now be able to commence construction work for the next phase of the new high-speed railway between Crewe and Birmingham.
Construction work of phase one is already in progress between the West Midlands and London.
HS2 supporters have mentioned that the project will promote economic growth while environmentalists have pointed out that it will increase carbon emissions.
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Whatever your view of this project, HS2 is now a reality – heading north, creating jobs and building a brighter future for our country. This vital project is at the heart of the government’s commitments to build back better from the pandemic, tackle the north-south divide and drive growth across the country.
“The signing of the Phase 2a Bill into law is a historic milestone for this ambitious project, which is already creating and supporting thousands of jobs across the UK. I look forward to seeing spades in the ground to get this section built and deliver the benefits of high-speed rail to the north as swiftly as possible.”
The HS2 will also initiate environmental works along the course with construction anticipated to commence on this section by 2024.
The upcoming project is expected to generate around 5,000 jobs, with many more in the supply chain.
The company has also introduced a new online jobs board to display various opportunities currently available on the project.
Once built, the HS2 is expected to fortify the UK’s rail network, with better connectivity and enhanced passenger journeys.
The government will soon release its integrated rail plan, which will summarise how HS2 can work with the existing rail plans.