Policy paper

HS2 Phase Two: summary of 'Investing in Britain's future'

A summary of the government’s initial preferences for the high speed rail route to Leeds, Manchester and beyond for Phase Two of HS2.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This publication was withdrawn on

For the latest on HS2 Phase Two, see HS2 Phase 2a and HS2 Phase 2b.



This document summarises the government’s initial preferences for phase two of HS2, extending the route north of Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.

It describes the role that high speed rail has to play in meeting the future transport and economic needs of this country. It also discusses the government’s initial preferred route, station and depot options for phase two and shows the enhanced connectivity that HS2 will provide for regions.

HS2 phase two initial preferred route

HS2 phase two consultation

HS2 Ltd advice to government on phase two of HS2

Delivery partner reports to government on phase two of HS2

Background to HS2

Published 28 January 2013