“High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd.” will help consider the case for new high speed services from London to Scotland. As a first stage, the company will develop a proposal for an entirely new line between London and the West Midlands, and will report to Ministers by the end of the year. This will include costs and benefits of a proposed route, and financing options.
The Government intend to work closely with the devolved administrations in respect of the implications of the proposal.
Statutory consents for any type of cross-border rail project would be handled in accordance with the devolution settlement.