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, take part in our consultation and explore the benefits HS2 will bring the country.
A consultation on the proposed route from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds launched on 17 July. Click below to view the maps, read the reports and have your say on the future of British transport.
Following consultation, the Government has also launched an exceptional hardship scheme for the route to Leeds and Manchester. You can find more information relating to the EHS for Phase Two, including the application form and accompanying guidance, by clicking on the 'Read more' button below.
Find out about the eastern leg of Phase Two, which will connect Birmingham to Leeds with intermediate stations in the East Midlands and Sheffield.
Find out about the western leg of Phase Two, which will connect Birmingham to Manchester and may also serve a proposed station at Manchester Airport.
All the headline information about Phase Two from the forecast number of jobs supported by the new stations to journey times across Britain.
Find out how high speed rail has transformed countries around the world and explore the myriad benefits the new network will bring to Britain.