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HS2 will improve the reliability and speed of services to and from York station.

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Architectural sketch of the exterior of a redeveloped York Station

HS2 will serve York

It will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times

HS2 Services

York to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 36 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 57 minutes, current time 105 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 84 minutes, current time 110 minutes.
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 driving growth in Yorkshire

York Central project

In York, the York Central project will regenerate land next to the railway station. The York Central partnership sees the HS2-ready hub as an economic magnet.. The Enterprise Zone around the station will help unlock around £155m in public investment creating commercial space, up to 2,500 new homes, up to 6,500 jobs. It could create over £1.1 billion value for the region’s economy.

York Central is one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration sites in England, with some parts of the area restricted to rail uses for more than 150 years. The 45 hectare site has been designated as a UK Government ‘Housing Zone’ and has also been awarded ‘Enterprise Zone’ status, which offers commercial occupiers significant incentives.

Located adjacent to the city’s existing retail and business core, York Central offers the opportunity to create a series of new city centre residential and business neighbourhoods, with improved access to the city’s railway station. Uniquely, York Central also has the National Railway Museum as a key anchor to homes and businesses coming to the site. The world-class museum is hoping to attract 1.2 million visitors per annum as part of its own £50 million masterplan.

Wider benefits

Over 7,000 jobs are already supported by HS2 across the country. Over 90 businesses from Yorkshire and the Humber have already worked on HS2.