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HS2 cuts London-Oxenholme journeys to under two hours.

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HS2 will transform journey times

bringing more opportunities within closer reach for work, trade, leisure and education.

HS2 services in Cumbria

Oxenholme to Birmingham:

  • HS2 time 80 minutes, current time 125 minutes

Oxenholme to London*:

  • HS2 time 116 minutes, current time 155 minute

* Via interchange between HS2 services at Preston.

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

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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 business growth

These plans will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership have put in place the Cumbria Infrastructure Plan which recognises the benefits and opportunities provided by being HS2 ready.

The LEP is considering improvements to capitalise on the arrival of HS2 services at Penrith and Oxenholme, with better access and passenger facilities seen as essential. We are working with Cumbria County Council to ensure the county achieves the full potential of HS2. HS2 integration will also help to stimulate the tourism sector.

The UK Tourism sector stands to benefit from better connecting tourist destinations in the Midlands and North to domestic and international tourists in London and the South East.

The sector creates jobs for over 4 million people in the UK and many of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations will be easily accessible via high speed rail on HS2.

Cumbria attracted over 16 million visitors in 2014, supporting over 16,000 jobs. However, a relatively low share of visitors to the Lake District originate from London.

HS2 will bring the Lake District within the same journey time by rail from London, as the Peak District using current rail services.

This offers the Lakes the opportunity to expand the reach of its tourist market. At less than 2 hours journey time from London Euston to Oxenholme, HS2 will make Cumbria accessible to visitors from the South East for weekend trips, helping to fill vacancies during the quieter spring and autumn “shoulder seasons”.

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. That number will grow as the pace of construction increases.