DD2037 High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill – Petition

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Date signed: 
19 August 2016
Decision by: 
Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment

Executive summary

In April 2016, the Mayor (on behalf of the GLA) and TfL deposited separate Petitions against the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Hybrid Bill (“HS2 Bill”).

Petitions on the HS2 Bill are currently being heard in the House of Lords by the HS2 Select Committee. Items relating to Euston will be heard by the Committee after the Parliamentary recess in September 2016. Since the deposit of the two Petitions, discussions have taken place and continue to take place with the DfT and HS2 Ltd. in relation to resolving the various Petition items.

Good progress has been made and a number of draft assurances have been offered by the Secretary of State to the GLA (and separately to TfL). The GLA and TfL may appear before the Select Committee in respect of any unresolved matters. However, if the GLA and TfL accept the draft assurances, the understanding will be that the GLA and TfL do not appear before the Select Committee.

The Executive Director, acting under the Mayoral Scheme of delegation, is asked to approve the additional assurances given to the GLA and, consequently, the basis on which the GLA appears before the Select Committee.


That the Executive Director of Development, Enterprise & Environment approves the form of the additional assurances to be given to the GLA by the Secretary of State for Transport and consequently the basis on which the GLA appears before the High Speed Rail 2 Select Committee (as set out in Appendix 1). 


Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1    On 18th April 2016, the Mayor and TfL deposited separate but complementary Petitions against the 
HS2 Bill. The Mayor’s Petition supported TfL’s Petition but also focused on the comprehensive planning and design of Euston Station, whilst the TfL Petition was concerned with more detailed transport and construction matters. A copy of each Petition is contained within the supporting papers.

1.2    Since the Petitions were deposited, the GLA and TfL officers have been working closely with the DfT and HS2 Ltd. to resolve as many of the Petition items as possible. Good progress has been made on most items and draft assurances have been prepared as set out in Appendix 1. These draft assurances build upon the assurances received by the Mayor and TfL leading to the withdrawal of Petitions that both deposited in 2014 and 2015 while the HS2 Bill was being considered by the House of Commons (DD 1352).

1.3    A House of Lords Select Committee is now considering Petitions made against the HS2 Bill and can recommend changes to the Bill based on the petitioners concerns.

1.4    The Committee will consider Mayoral and TfL petition items from September 2016 (after Parliamentary recess) and work is ongoing to prepare evidence for Select Committee appearances. If satisfactory assurances are offered to the Mayor and TfL and are accepted, then the Mayor and TfL can withdraw their Petitions and need not appear before the Select Committee.

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    The expected outcome of petitioning is that additional assurances will be secured; satisfactorily addressing petitioning items, and/or the Select Committee may require the Secretary of State to give certain commitments or recommend changes to the HS2 Bill. Any changes to this proposal will be subject to further approval via the Authority’s decision making process.


Equality comments

3.1    The GLA is subject to public sector equality duties, and the changes they are seeking are consistent with the Mayor’s strategies and plans, including those identified at para 4.2 below with associated equality impact assessments.

3.2    Overall, no adverse impacts are identified; and it is expected that positive contributions to equality will be incorporated into any new transport facilities and services that are constructed and operated and through any improved access arrangements; mitigation proposals and other impacts that may arise, and as a result of the Mayoral and TfL petition items.

Other considerations

4.1    Key risks and issues: The outcome of the Petitioning process is uncertain; there is a risk that some or all of the commitments from the Secretary of State or changes to the HS2 Bill that are sought are not forthcoming. The Mayor and TfL would therefore need to continue to lobby the DfT as sponsors of the scheme, as well as the Secretary of State for Transport, to ensure the delivery of a scheme that secure the best outcome for London.

4.2    Links to Mayoral strategies and priorities: The Petitions are linked to The London Plan London Plan
2016 (The Spatial Development Strategy for London Consolidated with Alterations since 2011) and to associated documents including the Euston Area Plan, 2015. 

4.3    Impacts assessments and consultations: Impact assessments have been undertaken for the Mayor’s strategies. Consultation was undertaken with the London Assembly on the Petitions.

Financial comments

5.1    The cost of preparation for the next stage of the HS2 petitioning process is to be funded from the budget allocated for HS2 petitioning approved under MD1392. Of the original budget of £190,000 allocated to the planning team for this (from the Contingency budget) there now remains £57,000 to be spent on HS2 legal and consultant costs in 2016-2017.

5.2    The Planning and Transport Teams within the GLA’s Development, Enterprise & Environment Directorate with Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation and Transport for London will be responsible for work in relation to this petition.


Planned delivery approach and next steps

7.1    A summary of the parliamentary process for the HS2 Bill is available at http://www.hs2.org.uk/developing-hs2/hybrid-bill/the-parliamentary-process

7.2    The various stages for passage of a Bill starting in the House of Commons are set out at http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/passage-bill/

7.3    Consideration by Select Committee is anticipated as follows:



Consideration by Select Committee – Euston Station

6TH September





Appendices and supporting papers

ANNEX 1: Briefing Note – High Speed 2 Petitioning and Assurances Update including:
-    Appendix 1 GLA draft assurances
-    Appendix 2 TfL [draft] assurances
-    Appendix 3 Mayor of London Petition – April 2016
-    Appendix 4 TfL Petition – April 2016

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