HS2 in Staffordshire
Find out more about what HS2 means for Staffordshire
The new high-speed rail network within Staffordshire includes two phases HS2, and a number of structures, such as tunnels and viaducts will be built, designed to minimise our impact on the area.
Phase One of HS2, between London and the West Midlands, was approved by Parliament in 2017 and is under construction, while plans for Phase 2a, from the West Midlands to Crewe were approved by Parliament in 2021 and initial preparatory works will gather pace over coming months.
The Phase One route enters Staffordshire in the Drayton Bassett area, before passing through a number of rural parishes including Hints, Weeford, Swinfen and Packington, and Whittington. It continues north, to the east of Lichfield, after which the main line of Phase One merges into Phase 2a in the Fradley area. A spur of the route continues north west to a junction at Handsacre, that will eventually connect the route to the existing west coast main line – enabling HS2 trains to stop at existing stations, including Stafford in future.
The Phase 2a route through Staffordshire covers a distance of 51.3km, running North from Fradley to Madeley.
What we're delivering in Staffordshire
More than 100 businesses working on the project already are located within Cheshire and Staffordshire. More than 80 per cent of these businesses are SMEs.
For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £5 million in funding through CEF and BLEF is available for communities experiencing disruption to apply for.
For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £2 million was made available through BIF for projects to enhance Biodiversity through the creation or restoration of ecological habitats.
Benefits at a glance
Capacity - HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network
Providing much-needed rail capacity across the country, and and integrating with rail projects in the North and Midlands.
Connectivity - HS2 will help level-up the country
By offering better connections HS2 will help spread jobs and opportunity around the country, driving regeneration.
Carbon - HS2 will be the low carbon option for long distance travel
HS2 will build sustainable, climate-resilient transport infrastructure and cut carbon emissions from the UK transport sector.