What is HS2?
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway proposed to link The Midlands and Northern England with London Euston and other destinations such as destinations Lille, Brussels, Paris, and London Heathrow Airport.
The aim of HS2 is to reduce journey times and increase the volume of seats available. It is argued that reduced journey time will help to stimulate economic growth in UK and also increase the country’s rail usage.
The project is being developed by High Speed Two Ltd, a company established by the UK Government. The line is to be built in two phases with the section between London and Birmingham being the first phase, and on to Manchester and Leeds for the second phase.
The route would take a complex form of a "Y", with a trunk between London Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street. The route would then split into two spurs, one continuing to Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe and Manchester Airport. The other route is proposed to Leeds via Sheffield Meadowhall and East Midlands.
What are the timescales for HS2?
It is expected that the HS2 line will be operating by 2033.
The first phase, between London and Birmingham, was given Royal Assent in February 2017, giving the green light for work to begin on the route.
Phase 2A and phase 2B are expected to be given Royal Assent by the end of 2019 and 2023 respectively, plans for the route are now in their final stages and HS2 has already started contacting affected occupiers and land owners