The strategic case for HS2

Documents relating to the strategic case for HS2.


  1. Documents

The government has published The strategic case for HS2, setting out the government’s reasons for building HS2 - the new north-south high speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. ‘The Strategic case for HS2’ distils a large amount of background research to explain step-by-step why HS2 is the best solution to meet the capacity and connectivity challenges faced by the rail network.

For a straightforward overview of the strategic case for HS2, read our Investing in Britain’s future: why we need HS2 leaflet.

Research is being published by DfT alongside the strategic case for HS2 and includes reports on on Rail alternatives to HS2.

Further documents supporting the strategic case have been published on 6 March 2014.

Economic case for HS2

HS2 Ltd has published the following series of economic documents alongside and in support of the strategic case for HS2, which can be found on the HS2 Ltd website.

Transport appraisal reports

The department has also published various reports concerning the department’s guidance on conducting transport appraisals which are also relevant to the assessment of HS2, including on issues such as values of travel time savings, demand forecasting and sub-national impacts.


  1. HS2: strategic case

    • 29 October 2013
    • Policy paper
  2. Rail alternatives to HS2

    • 29 October 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Rail demand cap research

    • 29 October 2013
    • Research and analysis
  4. Investing in Britain's future: why we need HS2

    • 29 October 2013
    • Guidance
  5. HS2 crucial to meet UK transport needs

    • 29 October 2013
    • Press release