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Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds

Extending the high speed network to Manchester and Leeds, and beyond.

Members of the public at a HS2 information event.
High speed rail's arrival in Leeds will spark redevelopment of the station area.

The Phase 2b line forms a Y shape, split into an eastern and a western leg. The western leg will connect to the high speed lines at Crewe and run through to Manchester. The eastern leg will connect to high speed lines in the West Midlands and run through to Leeds. Services will also travel onward to places like Glasgow, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan.

The government is drawing-up an integrated rail plan for the North and Midlands, to identify the most effective sequencing of relevant investments and how to integrate HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and other rail investments. This plan will be informed by an assessment of the rail needs of the Midlands and the north undertaken by the National Infrastructure Commission.

View the route map. Find out more about the stations.


On the 6 June 2019 the government announced the launch of a Design Refinement Consultation on 11 proposed changes to the design of the HS2 Phase 2b route. These proposed changes are based on design development, environmental assessment and consideration of feedback received to recent consultations and ongoing engagement. The proposed changes only affect part of the Phase 2b route.

The consultation closed on Friday 6 September 2019. You can still view the consultation documents.

In 2018 we received almost 40,000 responses to our two Phase 2b consultations, so thank you to everyone who took the time to provide comments. The responses were collated and analysed by Ipsos MORI, who produced 2 summary reports for:

We are continuing to take the feedback received into consideration as we further develop the design for the railway.

Connecting Britain

Phase 2b will realise the full benefits of HS2, connecting 8 out of 10 of our biggest cities, generating jobs and economic growth.

Planning permission to build HS2 Phase 2b

In November 2016, the Secretary of State confirmed part of the Phase 2b route, whilst also announcing a consultation on seven route refinement areas. In July 2017, the government confirmed the route for the next phase of HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.

You can view the latest Phase 2b route plan and other documents on the GOV.UK website.

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Other phases of HS2

Phase One: London to West Midlands

High speed trains will travel between London and Birmingham on 134 miles of dedicated track. They will pass through 31 miles of tunnels and over 10 miles of viaducts, delivering quicker journeys on more trains with more seats. Phase One has a funding envelope of £45bn and will open between 2029 and 2033. Find out more about building Phase One.

Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe

The Phase 2a line will run between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe in Cheshire. There it will connect with existing high speed services to carry passengers between London and Crewe. Services will travel onward to places like Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan. Find out more about Phase 2a.