HS2 independent review: terms of reference

The terms of reference and timetable for the independent review of the High Speed 2 (HS2) project.

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The Oakervee Review of HS2 was released in February 2020.



This document features the terms of reference for the independent review of HS2, setting out what the review will cover. The review will use all existing evidence on the project and consider its:

  • benefits and impacts
  • affordability and efficiency
  • deliverability
  • scope and phasing, including its relationship with Northern Powerhouse Rail

Background to the independent review of HS2

The Prime Minister has stated his wish to review whether and how we proceed with HS2. He has asked Douglas Oakervee to chair an independent review of HS2, supported by Lord Berkeley as Deputy Chair and a panel.

The independently-led government review will allow the government to make properly-informed decisions on the future of Phases 1 and 2 of the project.

Published 21 August 2019