Developing HS2

The work we do

If you’re unsure about whether or not HS2 will affect your area, you can view any events and developments relevant to your region on our interactive map. Alternatively, you can explore the links below.

This section provides useful information about the Parliamentary process and how Bill's progress through Parliament through to Royal Assent. It also includes details about the current HS2 Bill progressing through Parliament for Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands, with details about petitioning also. Information about Additional Provisions to the Phase One Bill is also available with information regarding the Phase Two Bill to follow in due course. 

In January 2013, proposals to extend Britain's new high speed rail network north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds were announced. In this section you can find out about the route and explore the benefits HS2 will bring the country.

We undertake consultations with the public and interested parties can share their views on the many different aspects of the development of HS2. Visit our consultation section for further information, as well as details regarding HS2 consultations moving to GOV.UK as part of the government initiative to host all consultations in one place.

HS2 Ltd has undertaken a number of forums with stakeholders and communities as part of our ongoing engagement programme. Further information regarding these forums can be found in this section of our website.

This section of our website provides details of HS2 Ltd's environmental work and the measures HS2 Ltd is proposing to put in place to mitigate the impacts on the environment along the Phase One line of route between London and the West Midlands.

We take our responsibilities to those affected by the construction and development of the new network very seriously and have a number of programmes under which owners of land and property on or around the route can receive compensation.

Since the announcement of a preferred route for Phase One, engineers and environmental specialists have continued developing the design of this route to ensure that it is as efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly as is practicable, whilst also minimising impact on communities. These refinements can be found in this section.

On 9 July 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that safeguarding directions have been issued for Phase One of HS2. Safeguarding is an established part of the planning system, designed to protect land which has been earmarked for major infrastructure from conflicting developments which might otherwise occur. On 24 October, the Secretary of State for Transport announced his decisions on HS2 Phase One design refinements at Bromford and Northolt and the issue of safeguarding directions for these areas.

On 26 June 2014, these Directions were replaced with an updated set of Directions which broadly reflect the land requirements set out in the hybrid Bill (deposited in Parliament in November 2013).

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