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Lancaster will be part of the high speed rail network.

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HS2 will transform transport links for Lancashire

HS2 trains will serve the current stations in Lancaster and Preston where passengers can access the high speed network. There will be fast, frequent and reliable connections joining up the cities of the North and the Midlands. As well as more seats, more often, heading north to Cumbria and Scotland.

Find out more how HS2 reduces overcrowding on the West Coast Mainline.

HS2 Services in Lancashire

Lancaster from:

  • London, HS2 time 123 minutes, current time 145 minutes.
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 66 minutes, current time 113 minutes.

Preston to:

  • Birmingham Interchange, HS2 time 44 minutes.
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 50 minutes, current time 96 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 78 minutes, current time 128 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.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive growth

It will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) believes that productivity gains from the impact of HS2 services to the area could help provide an extra £600m for the region.

HS2 will reinforce Preston’s position as a strategic rail hub

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sees Preston as the engine for its ambitious plans to establish an ‘arc of prosperity’, running from Lancaster, down the west coast through Blackpool, and east through Preston to Blackburn and Burnley.

Lancashire hosts one of the world’s largest aerospace clusters, supporting over 20,000 jobs. The energy sector employs 37,000 people, including at the Heysham nuclear power stations.

The strong Higher Education sector includes UCLAN in Preston city centre, one of the country’s largest universities. The tourism industry, anchored by Blackpool, is a key employer. Better transport connections will help these sectors to continue prospering.

The LEP’s Strategic Transport Prospectus recognises the need to capitalise on the arrival of HS2. If productivity gains from the impact of HS2 services are similar to those predicted for other regions, in the long-term it could help provide an extra £600 million for the LEP region.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

Over half of all companies delivering work for HS2 are small and medium sized businesses.

Regional supply chain stories

Lancaster-based Digital Rail is developing technology that helps provide independence to passengers with a mobility impairment arriving at stations. This company joined the second cohort to HS2’s Accelerator programme to focus on HS2’s innovation challengers.

Digital Rail and HS2.

More information about HS2’s Accelerator programme.

Lancashire in general has seen local companies work on HS2. OakTec Power Ltd developed the low emission, off-grid, electricity generation solution into a welfare cabin specifically designed for the needs of HS2 construction and its maintenance contractors. It is a hybrid energy system which utilises battery energy storage with solar panels to boost charging.

OakTec Power Ltd and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.

High speed rail network map.