HS2 Phase One decision

Reports and maps providing detail on the government's decision about HS2 Phase One, the high speed rail route between London and Birmingham.

These documents provide detail on the government’s decision about HS2 (Phase One).

HS2 is the most significant transport infrastructure project in the UK since the motorways were built in the 1950s and 1960s. It will provide a high speed rail route between London and Birmingham (Phase One) and to Manchester and Leeds (Phase Two).

Construction along the Phase One line is due to start in 2017 and be completed by 2025. The first train services will run between London and Birmingham from 2026.

For the latest on plans to extend the route from the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds see the HS2 Phase Two initial preferences.

Maps and line of route

Background reports

  1. HS2 judicial review: Court of Appeal ruling explained
  2. HS2 judicial reviews: a timeline of events
  3. HS2 judicial review: the Supreme Court’s rulings explained
  4. HS2 judicial review: the appeals rulings explained
  5. HS2 judicial review: the challenges and judge's ruling explained
  6. Economic case for HS2: value for money statement
  7. HS2: review of property issues
  8. Review of strategic alternatives to High Speed Two
  9. HS2 London to West Midlands: appraisal of sustainability consultation responses review
  10. Economic case for HS2 updated appraisal of transport user benefits and wider economic benefits
  11. Review of the government's strategy for a national high speed rail network
  12. If your property is affected by the HS2 route
  13. Review of the technical specification for high speed rail in the UK
  14. HS2: infrastructure maintenance depot


Published 24 July 2013