HS2 Phase Two: from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester

Detailed information for Phase Two of HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester

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You can view the latest information for HS2 Phases 2a and 2b on their dedicated collection pages:

On 30 November 2015, the government announced a proposed way forward on Phase Two of HS2.

On 15th November 2016 the government announced the preferred route for Phase 2b. The announcement supersedes all of the maps produced in 2013 - which can be accessed here for reference.

Phase Two forms a ‘Y’ shape from the West Midlands up towards Manchester and the North West with proposed stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly; and up towards Leeds and the North East with proposed stations in Leeds, the East Midlands and Sheffield Meadowhall.

It is anticipated that Phase Two of HS2 will begin operating trains around 2033 as part of the integrated HS2 network and with the rest of the UK rail network. The Government wants part of Phase Two – the route between the West Midlands and Crewe – to open in 2027, six years ahead of the rest of Phase Two, so that the North and Scotland will realise the benefits of HS2 to people and places sooner. This will be subject to its own hybrid Bill, which the Government hopes to deposit in parliament in 2017.

You can view the latest maps and read more about the Phase Two proposed stations and depots in the sections below.

You can also find a report by Network Rail on their proposals for Crewe Hub, which aim to provide more capacity, better connectivity, more resilience, and improved access to and facilities at the station.

Phase 2a - Advice documents

Technical documentation from HS2 Ltd used to advise Government for route section West Midlands to Crewe.

Phase 2a - Department for Transport publications

Phase 2a - High Speed Two next steps East and West: to Crewe and beyond

Phase 2a - Factsheets

Phase 2b - Advice documents

Phase 2b - Department for Transport publications

Phase 2b - Factsheets

Sustainability Statement


Published 27 November 2014
Last updated 16 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated Phase 2b

  2. Added HS2 Phase 2a financial case, management case and commercial case documents.

  3. Updating of existing web copy at the top of the page making it clearer for users to find the most up to date Phase Two plan and profile maps currently accessible on The National Archives website

  4. Removal of HS2 Phase Two (Fradley to Crewe) safeguarding consultation content under 'Latest news' as this consultation closed on 6 January 2015.

  5. First published.