HS2 Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds

Updated information on proposals for the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds.

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 Two is being delivered in 2 stages:

  • HS2 Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)
  • 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.

The working draft Environmental Statement gives those affected the chance to review and comment on initial assessments of the environmental impacts from HS2 Phase 2b.

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.

Visit our safeguarding section to view maps, directions and other relevant information.

For more information on proposals for Phase 2a of HS2, which will extend the HS2 network from the West Midlands to Crewe, please see the Phase 2a hybrid Bill page.

Crewe to Manchester route maps

These plan and profile maps show the 2017 preferred route for the Western leg of Phase 2b, between Crewe and Manchester.

West Midlands to Leeds route maps

These plan and profile maps show the 2017 Preferred Route for the Eastern leg of Phase 2b, between the West Midlands and Leeds.

The key plans provide an indication of the specific section of the route shown in each sheet. This will enable you to identify which sheet covers the area you are interested in.

Property maps

Open consultations

The business case for HS2 Phase Two

These documents, published by the Department for Transport (DfT), provide information relating to the viability of the scheme.

Advice documents

These documents provide supporting information relating to the HS2 Phase 2b scheme.

Closed consultations

Sustainability statements


Published 18 July 2017
Last updated 18 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Information about the Integrated Rail Plan has been added.

  2. Open consultations section updated

  3. HS2 Phase 2b: South Yorkshire Parkway and Connectivity Study added

  4. Added DRC to Open Consultations

  5. First published.