HS2 is a national high speed rail network which will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Not only will journey times be reduced to London Euston, estimated 38 mins, but it will drive economic growth in Solihull.
HS2 Phase One includes two major viaducts, a number of smaller viaducts, a new interchange station, and other associated developments. The HS2 Interchange Station will be the first station outside of London and will be built next to the M42 and opposite the NEC.
The Phase One Bill gained Royal Assent on 23 February 2017. This, in effect, granted planning permission for HS2 and works commenced at the start of 2018. The route is expected to open in 2026.
Maximising the opportunity
To make the most of the opportunity HS2 presents to Solihull, the Council has established the Urban Growth Company (UGC). The UGC is a special purpose delivery vehicle which will lead and develop major infrastructure investment in The Hub, a key component of the Council’s UK Central strategic economic growth area.
The aim is to use the HS2 Interchange Station as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth. It has the potential to interweave business, leisure, retail and a brand new community based around the outstanding transport connectivity; creating new places to live, work, rest and play.
We are committed to working with local communities to ensure that any disruption resulting from building and operating HS2 is kept to a minimum; and that the natural resources and green space for which Solihull is admired is protected whilst building prosperity for the next generation.
Our HS2 Implementation Advisory Group will have oversight of any HS2 construction in the borough and will work with HS2 and various contractors to make sure communities and businesses are informed of works and are aware of who to contact should there be any problems.
To find out more
HS2 has set up a website to provide localised information. Visit https://hs2insolihull.commonplace.is/ to find out more about what the proposals are for the route as it travels through Solihull; how it is being constructed and what is being done to reduce disruption. To get in touch with HS2, please call their 24/7 Freephone Community Helpline on 08081 434 434 or email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk (replies during office hours).
If you want to see any of the HS2 applications please follow this link. As planning permission has in effect been given for the works, the remaining applications the Council will need to consider will largely focus on matters of detail and will only have narrow parameters within which they can be determined.