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WestMids to Crewe
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Crewe to MCR
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The proposal to build the High Speed 2 railway line (HS2)

This web site provides information about the proposal for the High Speed 2 railway line (HS2). Here is a link to some basic information about this proposal.

You can keep up-to-date with changes to this web site by following the twitter feed @thehs2 or by going to the tweets page.

The initial proposal for the HS2 was to create it in two phases, Phase 1 being from London to the West Midlands (including Birmingham) and Phase 2 taking the line to the North (including Leeds and Manchester). In 2015, it was decided to develop Phase 2 in two stages: Phase 2a will be from the West Midlands to Crewe and Phase 2b will be from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds and South Yorkshire.

The map on the right uses magenta for Phase 1, yellow for Phase 2a, red for Phase 2b.

The latest version of the route for Phase 1 is the post consultation route and data for this route was published by the Department for Transport (DfT) on January 10th 2012. There's a maps link in the menu on the left that takes you to maps showing this route.

The latest version of the route for Phase 2a is the preferred route and data for this route was published by the DfT on January 7th 2016. There's a maps link in the menu on the left that takes you to maps showing this route.

The latest version of the route for Phase 2b is the preferred route. It was announced by the DfT on November 15th 2016. However, I think the DfT has not yet released the data for this route. Data for the consultation route for Phase 2b is still available. This was released by the DfT on July 17th 2013. There's a maps link in the menu on the left that takes you to maps showing the consultation route for Phase 2b. This means that in places there are likely to be changes to the route shown on these maps. Although much of the route is the same, the following changes are major: the route between Bolsover and Normanton, a new spur near South Normanton, the route near East Midlands Airport, the route around Measham and Appleby Magna, the relocation of a depot near Crewe, the route between Middlewich and Pickmere and the approach to Manchester Piccadilly. The best document for seeing the differences between the consultation route and the new preferred route for Phase 2b is HS2 Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation 2016. In particular, there's a map on page 8 (which is actually on page 13) of the document that summarises the differences between the consultation route and the preferred route for Phase 2b. The rest of that document gives more details (including maps) about each of the proposed changes. As usual, there are many other documents about the changes, including this overview and this web page that gives more details.

When this web site shows a map displaying the route, the underlying map can be from the Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap, Google or Bing. You can get a web page displaying a map close to a specific place. And once you've done that there are details about how you could include such a map on your own web page. You can also display other information on a map such as nature areas and places where footpaths cross the route.

There are KMLs links in the menu on the left that take you to KML files for the routes of Phase 1, Phase 2a and Phase 2b.

This web site also provides links to the maps provided by the DfT.

map of the routes