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London to WestMids
Phase 1

WestMids to Crewe
Phase 2a
official DfT data

Crewe to MCR
WestMids to Leeds
Phase 2b - 2016
official DfT data
Phase 2b - 2013
official DfT data

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what is the HS2?

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.

I'm sorry but none of the Google Maps links on this website currently work.

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 further North. 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 have two legs: one from Crewe to Manchester and the other 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.

There are two routes for each leg of Phase 2b. There's the consultation route which was released in 2013 and the preferred route which was released in November 2016. Some of the changes to the route are relatively small changes whereas the following changes are major: the route near Sheffield (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 DfT says it'll consult people on the changes being suggested in the preferred route. So I'm unclear as to whether all the changes of the preferred route will be adopted.

The best document for seeing more details about the changes between the two routes 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) that summarises the major differences. The rest of that document gives more details (including maps) about each change.

So for Phase 2b, there are two maps links in the menu on the left: one to maps showing the preferred route (2016) and the other to maps showing the consultation route (2013).

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 post-consultation route for Phase 1, the preferred route for Phase 2a, the consultation route for Phase 2b and the preferred route for Phase 2b.

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

map of the routes