Policy paper

HS2 Phase 2a strategic case

Sets out the strategic case for the HS2 Phase 2a route section between Fradley and Crewe and for its accelerated delivery.

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The updated version of this strategic case is the 2017 HS2 Phase Two strategic case.


HS2 Phase 2a: strategic outline business case - strategic case

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The strategic case 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 HS2 Phase 2a, is between Fradley (at the point where HS2 Phase One joins the West Coast Main Line) and Crewe. The HS2 Phase 2a section will open in 2027, 6 years earlier than originally planned.

This HS2 Phase 2a strategic case sets out the:

  • scope of the HS2 Phase 2a route section to be accelerated
  • rationale for acceleration
  • 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 outline business case (OBC) for HS2 Phase 2a. The other parts are:

Published 30 November 2015