Research and analysis

HS2 phase 2: refinement work since initial preferred scheme

Gives information on the work, advice and options for refinement given by HS2 Ltd since the initial preferred scheme choice in March 2012.

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



A report to government by HS2 Ltd (January 2013)

This report describes all the route optimisation work undertaken by HS2 Ltd since providing its initial advice in March 2012.

The report includes refinements to the western leg of phase two from the West Midlands to Manchester and on the eastern leg from the West Midlands to Leeds.

It provides advice on the proposed spur to Heathrow which government has now paused work on until after the Airports Commission has reported and there has been an opportunity to consider the commission’s recommendations.

The report also sets out the further discussions HS2 Ltd has had with Natural England and the Environment Agency and the additional studies carried out to advise government on specific protected sites.

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