Phase Two: Leeds

The eastern leg of Phase Two will extend high speed lines north-east from Birmingham to Leeds, with intermediate stations in the East Midlands and Sheffield and a new station at Leeds New Lane serving the city centre.

Further connections onto the existing network will enable passengers in many more regions across Britain to benefit from HS2. High speed trains will continue seamlessly to destinations like York, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington and Edinburgh.

Detailed maps and descriptions of the proposed eastern leg of route are available on the in our dedicated Phase Two section

Route summary

The eastern leg would serve stations in the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Leeds.

The line would connect with the London-West Midlands route to the east of Birmingham and then follow the M42 corridor north-east towards Derby and Nottingham. The East Midlands Hub station would be located between these two cities at Toton, about a mile from the M1.

The line would head north, following the M1 corridor as it heads towards South Yorkshire. The station serving this region would be located at Meadowhall alongside the M1, between Sheffield and Rotherham. From here, the line would pass to the east of Barnsley and connect to the East Coast Main Line, nine miles south-west of York.

As with Manchester, Leeds would be served by a spur off the main line. It would run within the existing Castleford to Leeds railway corridor, passing the southern suburbs of Leeds before rising above street level into the new station at Leeds New Lane. The total route length would be 116 miles.


East Midlands Hub at Toton

A new station at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, would offer excellent links to East Midlands cities and stimulate growth across the region. The station would be readily accessible by public transport from both Derby and Nottingham.

Connectivity map | East Midlands Hub at Toton

Rail lines could be connected to serve Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and much of the wider East Midlands region. For example, it would be possible for either shuttle or existing services to call at the East Midlands Hub station en route, with a journey time of 12 and 15 minutes from Nottingham and Derby respectively.

Sheffield Meadowhall station

Meadowhall currently has a frequent rail service. Up to nine trains per hour run into Sheffield Midland station, with a journey time of as little as five minutes. Trains also connect Meadowhall to Rotherham, Barnsley and beyond to Wakefield, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and stations to Leeds and Manchester.

A new station at Sheffield Meadowhall would be situated alongside the M1, providing convenient access by road serving Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region. This station is well placed to encourage jobs and growth in Sheffield and already has excellent connectivity with existing public transport networks.

Connectivity map | Sheffield Meadowhall

Leeds New Lane station

A new station in central Leeds, alongside the South Bank area of the city centre. This would be joined to the existing station via a dedicated pedestrian link, making it just a short walk between the two. This transfer time could be further reduced by the introduction of moving walkways.

Visualisation | Leeds New Lane station

Leeds station offers connections to a number of regional rail destinations, such as Bradford, Halifax and Castleford, as well as to the city’s extensive bus network. There would be immediate access to this station from the M621 (Junction 3), providing connections with the city’s ring roads and regional motorways. There would also be ample car parking provided at the southern entrance.

Detailed maps and descriptions of the proposed routes are available on the Department for Transport website

Eastern route connections and depots

In addition, the Government supports creating a connection from this leg of the HS2 network onto the existing rail network to enable wider markets to access HS2 services. This would be:

A connection onto the existing rail network near Church Fenton, approximately nine miles to the south-west of York, which would enable HS2 trains to run onto the East Coast Main Line to serve York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle, bringing significant benefits to North Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and the wider North East.

Connectivity map | Leeds

The eastern leg of the network will need to be supported by depots for maintaining the rolling stock and the infrastructure of the lines themselves. The Government’s initial preference is to build these new depots at New Crofton, near Wakefield (rolling stock) and Staveley, near Chesterfield (infrastructure maintenance).

For more detailed maps and plans, please visit the Department for Transport website.

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