What is HS2

High Speed Rail already exists in Britain. HS1 connects St Pancras International station in London with Kent, the Channel Tunnel and Europe.

HS2 Phase 1, will link London to Birmingham, construction started in September 2020.

HS2 Phase 2a will link Birmingham with Crewe, the Hybrid Bill for Phase 2a is passing through Parliament now.

HS2 Phase 2b will link Birmingham with Leeds and Crewe with Manchester.

HS2 Ltd is the company responsible for developing HS2, it is owned by the Department for Transport.

HS2 proposes a faster way of travel, speeds of up to 250mph and a reduction in journey times.

The construction of the full network is now estimated to cost somewhere between £98 billion and £106 billion. This estimate does not include the cost of the trains or operating costs.

Ideal image

An impression of HS2 travelling through our countryside. Looks quite nice doesn’t it?

However, this is the reality