The UK Government has published an Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands. It looks at how to deliver HS2 Phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and other rail programmes better and more effectively.
HS2 Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester, and the West Midlands to Leeds)
In November 2016, the Secretary of State confirmed part of the Phase 2b route, whilst also announcing a consultation on seven route refinement areas. On 17 July 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport announced his decisions on these refinements. Information on this page relates to the route as confirmed on 17 July.
On the 10 October 2018 the Secretary of State announced a consultation on the working draft Environmental Statement for Phase 2b, which is a key part of preparing the future hybrid Bill to seek powers for its construction. The consultation will run for 10 weeks.
This page sets out detailed information on the Phase 2b route, including advice from HS2 Ltd to the Secretary of State, Department for Transport publications concerning the Phase 2b business case, plan and profile maps showing greater detail on the route as it is currently designed, and information on current and previous consultations.