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Merseyside will be part of the high speed network.

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Liverpool waterfront

The City Region wants to deliver a world class transport network.

Its ambitious plans would integrate the existing HS2 route and builds on the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals for high speed, east-west links directly into Liverpool City Centre.

HS2 will serve Merseyside

HS2 will serve Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn where passengers can access the high speed network. See below for journey time savings.

HS2 Services in Merseyside

To London from:

  • Liverpool, HS2 time 94 minutes, current time 132 minutes
  • Warrington, HS2 time 80 minutes, current time 104 minutes
  • Runcorn, HS2 time 74 minutes, current time 113 minutes.
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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. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

HS2 will provide the backbone for Northern Powerhouse Rail

Liverpool Lime Street will become an integrated HS2 / Northern Powerhouse Rail station, creating an enhanced integrated Northern transport network.

The Liverpool City Region has published a long-term rail strategy to help them secure a world-class transport network. Its ambitious plans will integrate the existing HS2 route and build on the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals for high speed east-west links directly into Liverpool city centre.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive growth

It will help create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Linking Liverpool campaign’s ambitions include creating 20,000 new jobs, building 10,000 new homes and boosting the city region’s economy by £15 billion through improved connectivity. We’re working with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool City Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council to ensure the region achieves the full potential of HS2.

Liverpool City Region has an annual economy worth over £28 billion with a population of 1.5 million people. As a world-renowned centre of culture, sport and tourism, Liverpool has a growing visitor economy worth £3.8 billion a year.

Liverpool is understandably determined that new high speed rail connections will build on the city region’s traditional strengths as an economic engine and driver for growth.

Liverpool’s rich tradition in British maritime trade and industry helps define the city’s reputation. The new Liverpool2 deep-water container port, logistics facilities, maritime industries and transport links come together in the Local Enterprise Partnership’s vision of the SuperPort that connects the North of England to international markets and saves millions of freight miles from congested UK infrastructure. SuperPort generates £1.4 billion a year and provides over 34,000 jobs; plans to develop it as a Global Freight and Logistics Hub are expected to increase demand for rail freight capacity.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

They’re some of the nearly 2,000 businesses across the nation to have delivered work for HS2.

Regional supply chain stories

Warrington-based Inventya has supported a pioneering project which sees HS2 Ltd harness the power of immersive augmented reality to train staff who will run the HS2 north London super hub at Old Oak Common.

Inventya and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.