DD1224 High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill: consent to TfL’s petition against the Bill

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Date signed: 
12 June 2014
Decision by: 
Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment

Executive summary

The High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill (“HS2 Bill”) secured its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 28 April 2014. All those directly or specially affected by the first phase of HS2, from London to the West Midlands, were able to submit petitions (objections) against the Bill. The petitioning period for Local Authorities ended on 16 May 2014. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) submitted separate but complementary Petitions opposing the HS2 Bill on 16 May. Section 167 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as amended) (“GLA Act”) permits TfL to deposit a petition and then seek the Mayor’s written consent to TfL opposing the Bill within 30 days of the date the petition was deposited. The London Assembly must be consulted before such consent is given. The London Assembly have been consulted and this Form asks the Executive Director, acting under the Mayoral Scheme of Delegation, to consider whether to give consent to TfL to oppose the HS2 Bill.

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