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HS2 and sustainability

Our ambition is to build the most sustainable high speed railway of its kind in the world

We want a high speed railway network which changes the mode of choice for inter-city journeys, reinvigorates the rail network, supports the economy, creates jobs, reduces carbon emissions and provides reliable travel in a changing climate throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Sustainability at HS2 is about delivering social, environmental and economic benefits.

This includes delivering value to the UK taxpayer and passenger through taking decisions that seek to get the best value for money through the whole operating life of the railway. Our sustainability approach at HS2 groups our work into five themes reflecting the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability.

  • Spreading the economic benefits
  • Opportunities for all
  • Safe at heart
  • Respecting our surroundings
  • Standing the test of time

These themes support the HS2 vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain and our mission to be an exemplar project in our approach to engagement with communities, sustainability and respecting the environment.

The adoption of circular economy principles can play a key role in delivering this. They do so by stimulating new approaches, products and services, and by creating employment opportunities. Read more about ourĀ circular economy principles and our sustainability policy.