Policy paper

HS2 Phase 2a: strategic case

Sets out the strategic case for the HS2 Phase Two route section between Fradley and Crewe and for its accelerated delivery.



This document sets out the strategic justification for a section of the HS2 Phase Two route and the case for accelerating its delivery. The section, referred to as Phase 2a, is between Fradley (at the point where HS2 Phase One joins the West Coast Main Line) and Crewe. It will open in 2027, 6 years earlier than originally planned.

This document sets out:

  • the scope of the route section to be accelerated
  • the rationale for acceleration
  • the strategic case for this section of route, including value for money and the available rail alternatives

This strategic case forms part of the 5-part strategic outline business case (SOBC) for Phase 2a.