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 Department for Transport (DfT) has a
that has links to maps that provide
a detailed depiction of Phase 1,
the route from London to the West Midlands.
This web site also provides maps showing the route of Phase 1.
The underlying map can be from the Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap, Google or Bing.
The route on these maps should be accurate
as it is derived from data provided by the DfT
for the latest version of this route (which was published in January 2012).
To see a map showing how close the post-consultation route for Phase 1
comes to some place,
the box below
the name of the place (e.g., Aylesbury),
a postcode (e.g., HP20 2QA)
or a grid reference
Then click the
search for place
If you type in the name of a place,
you don't have to type in all of the name and
the searching doesn't worry about capital letters.
So, for example,
instead of Aylesbury
type in ayle
and it would find any place that has ayle as part of its name.
Only places that are not far away from the route of Phase 1 will be found.
Instead, you may wish to see the whole route of Phase 1.
So, here are some links to maps displaying the whole route of Phase 1.
There are two main variants of the map:
one provides detailed information
(e.g., showing for each section of the route
whether it is a cutting, a tunnel, ...)
and the other just shows the route.
Here is a link to a web page giving
a verbal description
of the whole route of Phase 1.