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The Timeline

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is aimed to be the new backbone of the national rail network, linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.

  1. 2015
  2. 2016
  3. 2017
  4. 2018
  5. 2019
  6. 2020
  7. 2021
  8. 2022
  9. 2023
  10. 2024
  11. 2025
  12. 2026
  13. 2027

Phase 2a

Timeline information for HS2 Phase 2a of the project between the West Midlands and Crewe.
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  1. Late 2015

    Government confirms route

  2. Mid 2017

    Introduction of Bill seeking Parliament’s permission

  3. Late 2019

    Royal Assent anticipated to be granted by Parliament

  4. Early 2020

    Environmental construction works commence

    HS2 branded illustration: Stretched H logo with clipboard, tool belt and back pack hanging from it.
  5. Mid 2021

    Main civils construction works commence

  6. Late 2027

    First passengers travel on Phase 2a services