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.
As explained on this web page,
there are two routes for each leg of Phase 2b. There's
the consultation route
(published in 2013)
the preferred route
(published in November 2016).
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).
This web page provides maps for
the consultation route of Phase 2b.
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
in July 2013
for the consultation route of Phase 2b.
To see a map showing how close the consultation route for Phase 2b
comes to some place,
the box below
the name of the place (e.g., Middlewich),
a postcode (e.g., CW10 9AG)
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 Middlewich
type in wich
and it would find any place that has wich as part of its name.
The name can be that of a town, a village, a farm, an ancient woodland or a SSSI.