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 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) is the preferred route
announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) on November 30th 2015.
The DfT publishes documents about Phase 2a on
this web page.
In particular, there's a document giving details about
the differences between the consultation route and the preferred route for Phase 2a.
Data for the preferred route for Phase 2a was published by the DfT on January 7th 2016.
This web site has maps showing this route.
You can choose the underlying map to 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 Department for Transport.
To see a map showing how close the preferred route for Phase 2a
comes to some place,
the box below
the name of the place (e.g., Madeley),
a postcode (e.g., CW3 9PU)
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 Madeley
type in made
and it would find any place that has made as part of its name.
The name can be that of a town, a village, a farm, an ancient woodland or a SSSI.