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Penrith will be part of the high speed rail network.

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Penrith will be served by HS2

HS2 trains will serve Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle stations. These will become ‘integrated high speed stations’ where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the South.

HS2 Services in Cumbria

  • Penrith to London*: HS2 time 139 minutes, current time 179 minutes
  • Penrith to Birmingham: HS2 time 103 minutes, current time 147 minutes.
  • Carlisle to London*: HS2 time 143 minutes, current time 197 minutes
  • Oxenholme to Birmingham: HS2 time 80 minutes, current time 125 minutes
  • Oxenholme to London*:  HS2 time: 115 minutes, current time 154 minutes

*Via interchange between HS2 services at Preston.

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. 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.

Penrith and Oxenholme

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.

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.

Regional supply chain stories 

A firm in Carlisle is playing a crucial role in the delivery of HS2. XYZ Rail and Civils was awarded a £500,000 contract and was tasked with installing over 60,000 metres of fencing in readiness for ecology and construction works in the counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

About XYZ Rail and Civils and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.