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HS2 trains will run to Edinburgh.

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Scotland will be part of the HS2 network from day one

with HS2 trains serving Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West Coast Mainline.

HS2 will serve Edinburgh

Edinburgh Waverley will be an integrated high speed stations, where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the south. HS2 will cut journey times between Edinburgh and London and Birmingham by up to an hour. Glasgow and Edinburgh act as gateways to the rest of Scotland.  The Scottish Government is acting to ensure the benefits are spread throughout Scotland.

HS2 Services

Edinburgh to:

  • Birmingham HS2 time 200 minutes, current time 243 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 228 minutes, Current time 259 minutes.
High speed rail network map

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

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.

HS2 can help reduce the need for short-haul air travel in the UK to help fight climate change and keep Scotland green. HS2 will be emit 17 times less carbon than the equivalent domestic flight.

Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

HS2 will re-balance the country

HS2 will benefit the Scottish economy by over £5bn. HS2 will help Scotland compete in the 21st century. It will help build a fairer, more balanced Britain. It will join up the economic powerhouses of Glasgow and Edinburgh with fast, reliable train travel to other big cities in the UK. The UK and Scottish governments share the ultimate ambition of three-hour rail journeys between London and Scotland’s Central Belt.

The Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Network Rail and HS2 are working together on options for infrastructure improvements between 2019 and 2026 that will increase capacity, cut journey times and improve reliability on routes between Scotland and England. This includes a feasibility study in 2019 looking at options to improve the West Coast Main Line and the East Coast Mainline.

25 Scottish companies have already won work with HS2

HS2 is already helping grow the skills base and stimulate a modern rail industry in Scotland The University of Dundee is already working with HS2 to make sure the project has enough qualified workers during construction.

Regional supply chain stories

PODFather is an Edinburgh-based SME, employing 40 people from the local area. The company developed a fully automated system to track and monitor deliveries, allowing suppliers to book them in on a digital system, negating the need for spreadsheets and printed paper tickets, and reducing time lost waiting for processing as bookings can be managed efficiently in real time.

Working on the HS2 project has meant that they have been able to create new roles and sustain employment levels through the Covid-19 pandemic. The company became engaged in the HS2 project in 2013 and attended events designed to support businesses interested in working on the project such as ‘Meet the Contractor’ events.

PODFather and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.