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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. 2017
  2. 2018
  3. 2019
  4. 2020
  5. 2021
  6. 2022
  7. 2023
  8. 2024
  9. 2025
  10. 2026
  11. 2027
  12. 2028
  13. 2029
  14. 2030
  15. 2031
  16. 2032
  17. 2033

Phase 2b

Timeline information for HS2 Phase 2b of the project between Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.
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  1. Mid 2017

    Government confirms route

    HS2 branded illustration: extended H with trees growing from it.
  2. Late 2018

    Consultations on the Written Draft Environmental Statement and the Equalities Impact Assessment

  3. Early 2020

    Hybrid Bill deposit

  4. Late 2022

    Main civils design work commences

  5. Early 2023

    Royal Assent

  6. Mid 2023

    Start of construction

  7. Early 2024

    Main civils construction works commence

  8. Mid 2031

    Delivery of first trains for infrastructure testing

  9. Late 2033

    First passengers travel on full HS2 services

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