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High Speed 2 (HS2)

various, United Kingdom

Year

2017 - ongoing

Duration

ongoing

Cost

approximately £62bn

Location

United Kingdom
Project achievements

Connected communities

It will make it easier and faster to travel across the UK

Used engineering skill

As well as rail, it will build tunnels, viaducts, and more

Economy boosted

The project is supporting over 28,500 jobs

Britain’s new zero carbon, high-speed railway

HS2 is the biggest rail investment ever made in the north of England, and Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

The new railway will run between the north-west and south-east of England, stopping at Manchester, Birmingham and London, with trains continuing on the existing railway network to Scotland and elsewhere. 

HS2’s new British-built, bullet style trains will travel at up to 225mph on high-speed and existing railway lines.

HS2 is being built in phases. 

The first phase of operation will link Birmingham Curzon Street and Old Oak Common in West London in 42 minutes.

Next, Cheshire will be within an hour of the capital by extending the high-speed line to Crewe.

Then the project will continue north to Manchester – enabling journeys to Birmingham in just 41 minutes – and east to East Midlands Parkway.

The route will also be extended to London Euston, bringing its services into the heart of the capital.

All along the way, towns and cities will be connected to HS2’s services, so more people and places can benefit.

This is Britain's new high-speed rail network

HS2 is Britain’s new zero carbon, high-speed railway, and the UK’s flagship transport levelling up project.

Did you know …

  1. The project includes building 64 miles of dedicated high-speed rail tunnel – constructed in five separate tunnel drives along the London to West Midlands route.

  2. It will also see 11 miles of viaducts and bridges – building more than 500 bridging structures – including over 50 major viaducts which will stretch across valleys, rivers, roads and flood plains.

  3. HS2 will have a fleet of 54 high speed, British-built, bullet-style trains – to be designed, built and maintained in the UK.

How is HS2 being built?

The HS2 project is one of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.

It requires a bespoke delivery organisation to execute the planning, design and integration of the components of the new high-speed railway. 

The sheer scale of what's needed to deliver the engineering challenge of HS2 is immense. 

HS2’s state-of-the-art trains will transform rail travel – aiming to offer passengers unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort, and help fight against climate change.

They are also a major boost for UK train-building.

Major civil engineering works are now underway with £23 billion contracted into the supply chain and around 350 active sites between the West Midlands and London.

This is supporting the creation of over 28,500 jobs. Over 3,000 UK-based businesses have delivered work on HS2 so far.

Phase one

Phase one of HS2 will see a new high speed railway line constructed from London to the West Midlands, where it will re-join the existing West Coast Mainline.

Services will travel onwards to places like Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan.

The new line between them will run on 140 miles of dedicated track.

Four brand new stations and two new depots will also be built.

The first HS2 services will run between Birmingham Curzon Street and Old Oak Common in London between 2029 and 2033 and expand as new sections of the network are built.

Phase 2a

Phase 2a of HS2 will see a new high speed railway line constructed at the northern end of phase one at Fradley in the West Midlands to Crewe in Cheshire.

Services will join the existing rail network to create direct services to places including Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow.

Crewe is also the station for connections to north Wales and Shrewsbury.

Phase 2b

In phase 2b the high-speed rail network will be extended from Crewe to Manchester.

This will include new railway tunnels under Crewe and south Manchester, serving new stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.

Once built, the new railway will free up capacity on the conventional railway, creating the potential for more, much-needed, local and regional rail services.

HS2 is being built for the future, so the project team will ensure that the two new stations, one at Manchester Piccadilly (right next to the existing station), and the one at Manchester Airport will provide links to future Northern Powerhouse Rail services.

This will transform connectivity right across the north of England.

People who made it happen

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