A visualization of the proposed high speed rail connection between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
This video is for illustrative purposes only and does not accurately represent the proposed route. The actual route and distances will vary from those in the video.
The high speed 2 (HS2) network will transform rail travel in Great Britain.
It’s the backbone to a new high speed Britain, connecting the north and the south, linking 18 cities and cutting many existing journey times by almost half.
With up to 36 high speed trains running on the network every hour it will put two thirds of the population of northern England within 2 hours of central London.
Travelling from Euston to Birmingham will take only 49 minutes – more than half an hour faster than the quickest current time.
Manchester to London will take 68 minutes – an hour faster than today’s fastest train.
Leeds will only be an hour and 22 minutes from London, 50 minutes quicker than the current journey time. New stations will provide fast onward connections to over 18 other destinations.
HS2 will be an engine for growth for the 21st century, one of the great infrastructure projects of the world, creating tens of thousands of jobs, bringing our cities closer together and creating new opportunities for all of us.