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HS2 trains will stop at the existing Newcastle railway station.

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HS2 services for Newcastle

HS2 will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport. This will help relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times. Newcastle to Birmingham will come down to just 2 hours.

Newcastle to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 93 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 117 minutes, current time 166 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 137 minutes, current time 169 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 helping bring growth

HS2 services will cement the status of Newcastle Central Station as an international gateway for North East England. It acts as a hub connecting Newcastle International Airport, Sunderland and South Tyneside, East Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Local interchanges mean the people of Newcastle will have good access to HS2. The North East Combined Authority is also working with Network Rail on options to upgrade the East Coast Main Line, local rail services and provision for freight.

NECA and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership are working to ensure that these stations support the region’s future, such as facilitating growth in development sites such as Newcastle’s East Pilgrim Street and Stephenson Quarter.

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.