Consultation outcome

HS2 Phase 2b: Eastern leg rolling stock depot

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The Secretary of State for Transport has made the decision that the Eastern Leg Rolling Stock Depot (ELRSD) for HS2 Phase 2b should be located at the Leeds East site. You can view the full details of that decision in the published command paper.

The depot will be used for stabling, maintaining and servicing high speed trains once the HS2 network is operational. This confirmation of relocating the ELRSD addresses substantive issues over operational efficiency and concerns raised by the Crofton community over the previous proposals, which sited the depot south of the village.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

The government has now published its decision and summary of responses received following the HS2 Phase 2b: Eastern leg rolling stock depot consultation.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the proposed relocation of a rolling stock depot from New Crofton to a site in the Aire Valley adjacent to the M1.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

In November 2016 the government confirmed the majority of the Phase 2b route and launched a consultation on seven substantial changes to the Phase 2b route. One of these proposed changes (the M18/Eastern route refinement) involved a realignment of the route from Derbyshire to West Yorkshire to reflect a change in the proposals for serving the region.

The proposed route change meant that the main high speed line would pass to the east of the New Crofton depot site, rather than the west, as had been proposed in 2013. This change altered the access to the RSD and, as a result, appeared likely to have a greater impact on the local community.

As a result, in November 2016 the Secretary of State requested a study to consider alternative sites for a RSD on the eastern leg of the Phase 2b route. High Speed Two (HS2) has now completed this study and proposed an alternative site for the Eastern Leg rolling stock depot (RSD), to the east of Leeds in the Aire Valley adjacent to the M1.

HS2 Ltd is now seeking views on this proposal to relocate the Eastern Leg RSD.

Background information

The Secretary of State for Transport recently announced the government’s decision on the route for the next phase of HS2: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. This part of the route is expected to open in 2033. To obtain the legal powers to build and operate this part of the railway, the government intends to deposit a hybrid Bill in Parliament during 2019.


Published 17 July 2017
Last updated 4 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Final decision and summary of responses added
  2. updated factsheet about phase 2b depots is now attached
  3. First published.