HS2: high speed rail

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HS2 route

HS2 Phase One: London to Birmingham

The first phase of HS2 will take the railway from London to Birmingham. Phase One will link London Euston with a new station at Birmingham Curzon Street and will include a station at Old Oak Common in west London and another near Birmingham Airport.

More than half the HS2 Phase One route will be in tunnels or deep cuttings, which reduces the impact of the line on the local environment. But such a major project will always affect some areas.

The government has consulted on a draft environmental statement and design refinements for HS2 Phase One. We are consulting on a package of compensation for residents affected by Phase One, and have issued safeguarding directions for the route. Safeguarding directions make sure that no developments can take place that would conflict with the planned route. They also allow property owners along the Phase One route to ask the government to buy their property from them and to receive compensation.

HS2 Phase Two: Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester

Phase Two of HS2 will see the railway divide into 2 lines, one to Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe and Manchester Airport and the other to Leeds via the East Midlands and Sheffield Meadowhall. The initial preferences for the route, stations and depots for Phase Two have been published for consultation.

Have your say on the proposed route and sustainability impacts of HS2 Phase Two.

These documents show the route and technical specifications for Phase Two of the HS2 route from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester: