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HS2 Phase 2b: Western Leg

Simple map showing the proposed HS2 Phase 2b route, October 2020

Plans for the Western Leg of HS2 Phase 2b will see the high-speed rail network extended from Crewe to Manchester, serving new stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.  

HS2’s trains will also join the West Coast Main Line and serve towns and cities en route to Scotland. This will provide more people across the North-West and in Scotland with direct access to new low carbon high speed rail services. 

Subject to the outcome of the Integrated Rail Plan (due to be published shortly), the UK Government is planning to deposit a hybrid Bill for the Western Leg early in 2022 or sooner if possible, seeking the powers to construct and operate the new high-speed railway.


Since our update last year, we have been developing our designs in readiness for the government depositing a hybrid Bill early for the Western Leg. You can view these using our interactive map.  

If you are interested in our proposals for a particular area, view our updated ‘In your area’ booklets, or maps.

We have also produced factsheets on a range of topics related to our proposals for the Western Leg. 

Local and online events

We plan to hold several online webinars and events, in line with UK and Scottish Government guidance, to share information on topics related to the Western Leg of HS2 Phase 2b. You can find out more and book your place via our events page. 

We are sharing recordings of each webinar on this page as they happen.  Click the links below to watch back the recordings.

What is a hybrid Bill?

2020 Western Leg Design Refinement Consultation

In October last year, the Minister of State for Transport announced a consultation on 4 proposed changes to the design of the Western Leg of Phase 2b:  

  • the addition of Crewe Northern Connection and changes to the design of Crewe North Rolling Stock Depot; 
  • changes to the design of Manchester Airport High Speed station; 
  • changes to the design around Manchester Piccadilly High Speed station; and 
  • the introduction of a new train stabling facility at Annandale, in Dumfries and Galloway. 

 The consultation closed on 11 December 2020 and the Minister of State will publish his decision on whether to include the proposed refinements shortly.


In order to ensure that land needed for HS2 is protected from conflicting development, safeguarding has been updated for the Western Leg of Phase 2b.