High Speed 2 (HS2)

Under the plans, HS2 services into and out of London will use a larger Euston station. A new station will also be built in the Old Oak Common area to allow interchange with services of the Elizabeth line (currently being built by Crossrail Ltd).

HS2 is aimed at:

  • Reducing congestion on national rail routes into London
  • Cutting journey times to London and between the UK regions
  • Improving trade, commerce and development in UK regions by boosting connectivity

Phase One will create extra rail capacity south of Birmingham, with the construction of additional tracks that will allow for more trains and so more space for commuters, long-distance travellers and freight.

HS2 will ultimately provide up to 18 long-distance train services into London every hour. Separating long-distance traffic from local services and freight will free up space on the existing network for better, more frequent commuter services. The existing national rail network will be able to add services, improve reliability and reduce journey times.

Phase Two, as currently planned, would bring additional benefits to the North, substantially cutting journey times and reducing congestion on the existing rail network.

The Bill for HS2 railway between London and the West Midlands was submitted to Parliament in November 2013 (Hybrid Bill). The Bill, if enacted by Parliament, will provide the powers to construct, operate and maintain Phase One of HS2.

If Royal Assent is granted in December 2016, construction works will start at the beginning of 2017.


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