Open consultation: HS2 Phase 2a Equality Impact Assessment Update Report

As a public body, HS2 Ltd is subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) under the Equality Act 2010. The PSED requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people during the design, construction and operation of the railway.

We are consulting on an update of the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) report that was published in July 2017. The report has been updated to take into account a number of proposed changes to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill in Parliament, in the form of Additional Provision 2 (AP2) and Supplementary Environmental Statement 2 (SES2). For more information on the proposed changes please visit the AP2 and SES2 collection page. This update also considers changes and amendments in SES1 and AP1 ES, published in March 2018 and undertakings and assurances published in December 2018.

Your responses to the consultation on the updated EQIA will be considered as we design, plan, deliver, manage and operate HS2 Phase 2a.

How to respond

The consultation will close at 11:45pm 29 March 2019. Email responses can be submitted until 11:45pm on the final day of the consultation. Paper responses must be posted on or before the final day of the consultation.

Please only use the channels listed when responding to this consultation. We cannot guarantee that responses sent to any other addresses will be included in this consultation.

Confidentiality and data protection

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes. These are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Please be aware that, under the FOIA and the EIR, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals with, amongst other things, obligations of confidence.

In view of this, should you want your response to remain confidential, you should clearly mark it as ‘Confidential’ in the subject line of the email or at the top of your letter. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, in itself, be regarded as binding on the Department for Transport or HS2 Ltd.

The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and Ipsos MORI will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA 2018 and GDPR. We may share your personal information with our partner agencies and government, when doing so enables us to fully consider your response. If you change your mind about us using your personal information you have a right to have the relevant information deleted. If this is the case please email

Further information on how we process your personal data, and your rights in relation to that processing, can be found on our Privacy Notice.

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