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The Timeline

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway we are building that will be the backbone of the national rail network. It will link London and Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds.

  1. 2009
  2. 2010
  3. 2011
  4. 2012
  5. 2013
  6. 2014
  7. 2015
  8. 2016
  9. 2017
  10. 2018
  11. 2019
  12. 2020
  13. 2021
  14. 2022
  15. 2023
  16. 2024
  17. 2025
  18. 2026

Phase 1

Timeline information for HS2 Phase One of the project between London and the West Midlands.
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  1. Beginning of 2009

    HS2 Ltd formed

  2. Beginning of 2013

    Government confirms route

  3. Late 2016

    Enabling works contract awarded

    Discover why ground investigations are an important part of enabling works.
  4. Beginning of 2017

    Royal Assent granted by Parliament

  5. Mid 2017

    Main civils design work commences

  6. Beginning of 2019

    Main civils construction works commence

    Illustration of construction items
  7. Early 2024

    Delivery of first trains for infrastructure testing

  8. Late 2026

    First passengers travel on HS2 services

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