Open consultation

HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: Route Refinement Consultation 2016

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This consultation is seeking views on seven proposed changes to the HS2 route, from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. This section of the route is referred to as ‘Phase 2b’.


Consultation description

Consultation Description

This consultation is seeking views on seven proposed changes to the HS2 route, from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. This section of the route is referred to as ‘Phase 2b’.

The Government has confirmed the majority of the Phase 2b route. The route includes some changes to what we consulted on in 2013. A significant proportion of these changes are within the overall corridor presented in 2013, or have been adopted in direct response to the 2013 route consultation. However, in seven locations where more substantial changes are proposed, the Secretary of State has decided to consult.

After considering the outcome of this consultation, the Secretary of State will make a decision on whether to include the seven proposed changes within his preferred route for the Phase 2b hybrid Bill.

The consultation document sets out the options examined and the Secretary of State’s proposed refinements. The seven proposed route refinements are:

  1. Relocating the western leg Rolling Stock Depot
  2. Route between Middlewich and Pickmere
  3. Manchester Piccadilly approach
  4. Route around Measham, Leicestershire
  5. Route along A42 around East Midlands Airport
  6. East Midlands Hub approach (Long Eaton)
  7. Derbyshire to West Yorkshire (M18 / Eastern route)

A series of information events have been planned to support this consultation. Details are available here:


The consultation closes on 9 March. Email responses can be submitted until 23:45pm on the final day of the consultation. Paper responses must be posted on or before the final day of the consultation. You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

  • Email your response to
  • Post your response to the following FREEPOST address. Please use capital letters when writing the address. No additional address information is required and you do not need a stamp: FREEPOST HS2 PHASE 2B ROUTE REFINEMENT CONSULTATION
  • Complete an online response form that is available at the following website:

Please only use the channels listed above when responding to this consultation. We cannot guarantee that responses sent to any other addresses will be included in this consultation.

Consultation on the Phase 2b property schemes is being undertaken alongside this consultation and can be accessed via

Confidentiality and data protection

Consultation responses will be published on a publicly accessible website. Individuals’ names, addresses or signatures will not be published. However, please do not include information in your response that could identify you, unless you are happy for it to be made public.

If you do not want any of your response to be published, you should clearly mark it as ‘Confidential’ in the subject line of the email or at the top of your letter. However, please note the following. All information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to disclosure in accordance with access to information regimes - these are, primarily, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals with our confidentiality obligations, amongst other things. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain in your response why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information you provide, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances.

An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department for Transport or HS2 Ltd.

Ways to respond