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HS2 will serve Durham, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.

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HS2 will serve Durham

It will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport. This will help relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times

Durham to:

  • East Midlands Hub: 79 minutes
  • Birmingham: HS2 time 100 minutes, current time 152 minutes
  • London: HS2 time 136 minutes, current time 173 minutes.

HS2 train times

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HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

Regional supply chain stories 

Cleveland Bridge is a County Durham-based world leading steel engineering company which has
designed, manufactured and installed bridges and steel work all over the world and was involved in the construction of the Wembley Arch and the Shard.

In 2019, County Durham-based Cleveland Bridge won a major contract on HS2 to supply 1,130 tonnes worth of steel girders to HS2’s early works joint venture LM which is constructing four modular bridges at the site of HS2’s new Interchange station in Solihull.

Cleveland Bridge and HS2.

Based in Durham, CA Blackwell have been providing HS2 Ltd with earthmoving advice and support since 2012 during both the Phase One and Phase Two Hybrid Bill stages. In the summer of 2018 Blackwell entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with the main works civils Contractor, EKFB to develop the earthmoving strategy for 80km stretch of the proposed route.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.

An architect's vision of new office buildings set in planting.
The Aykley Heads redevelopment is close to Durham Station.

HS2 will drive Durham’s growth

HS2 services will support Durham’s ambition to double employment in its thriving tourism sector. Durham County Council plans to capitalise on the arrival of HS2, by development of the business quarter near the station. A new business park at Aykley Heads will provide 70,000 square metres of new office space that could deliver over 6,000 jobs. Find out more about the councils plans for the site.

Aykley Heads