High speed rail bill presented to Parliament

A major Bill to legislate for the building of the controversial High Speed 2 rail link has been formally presented to Parliament.

The High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill was given its formal first reading by MPs in a very brief appearance where a Commons clerk read out the title of the Bill.

Bills are not debated at first reading. A key debate and vote on the principle of the legislation will be held in the coming months.

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HS2 bill introduced

The Government has published a Hybrid Bill today to get the first phase of the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail project up and running.