Route map (described)
Going north, HS2’s route travels from London’s Euston station.
Initially heading west to Old Oak Common, a brand new interchange station connecting with the new Elizabeth line (Crossrail), it continues in tunnel under the capital’s western suburbs.
It emerges onto viaduct to cross the Colne Valley before diving back into a tunnel beneath the M25, surfacing on the northern edge of the Chiltern Hills. It then traverses the Vale of Aylesbury travelling to the west of Wendover and Stoke Mandeville.
Now running at up to 225mph the line slaloms east of Brackley and to the west of Southam before and passes between Royal Leamington Spa and Coventry and then swings north.
Near Solihull HS2 line arrives at the new Interchange station for Birmingham airport and the National Exhibition Centre.
At the railway’s delta junction a spur pulls away west to terminate at the the new HS2 Birmingham terminus at Curzon Street.
The delta junction’s other two sides are the spur line running east back out of Birmingham before arcing north to re-join the HS2 mainline east of the M6 Toll motorway.
Heading north the mainline branches east and west to the south of Tamworth.
The western leg crosses the M42 on viaduct to run north. Outside Lichfield it crosses the A38 before a spur at Fradley that will enable high speed trains to join the West Coast Mainline. The HS2 line continues towards Crewe running west of Stone before travelling alongside the West Coast Mainline helping connect with Stafford, Stoke, Macclesfield, Runcorn, Liverpool and Warrington.
After Crewe it continues north to pass between Middlewich and Winsford. Between and M6 and M56 a spur off the mainline runs east and enters a seven-mile tunnel and calls at a new Manchester Airport station before terminating at HS2’s new four-platform terminal at Piccadilly station.
Meanwhile the high speed mainline continues north to join the West Coast mainline between the A58 and A573 at Bamfurlong. Linking with the existing railway will enable HS2 trains to operate direct services to north west England and Scotland, cutting the Glasgow – London Euston journey time to 3hrs 40mins. To reach it the route crosses the M56 and soon after a viaduct carries HS2 over the Manchester Ship Canal. HS2 will help connect a number of stations along the existing railway including Wigan, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle, Lockerbie, Motherwell, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Heading to Leeds HS2’s eastern leg branches right to follow the M42 and A42 in cuttings and on embankments and viaducts. The line then veers north to run alongside the M1 as it approaches Long Eaton between Derby and Nottingham, connecting to the new East Midlands Hub (Toton). North of M1 junction 28 near Hilcote a west-bound spur joins HS2 with the existing Midland Mainline railway for high speed services to Chesterfield and Sheffield.
The HS2 mainline continues to follow the M1’s general direction. Between junctions 29 and 30 a spur from Sheffield merges with the mainline as HS2 continues towards Mexborough and Wakefield. Just north of the M62 the line divides. The Leeds station branch approaches the new HS2 city centre terminal via tunnel at Woodlesford and then on cutting, embankment and viaduct.
The other high speed branch continues north before veering east where it crosses the M1. HS2 continues eastwards to pass under the A1(M) before linking with the London-Edinburgh East Coast mainline west of Ulleskelf to provide direct services to York and north eastern England including Darlington, Durham and Newcastle.
London Euston Station
London Euston will deliver much-needed extra capacity and better journeys for the millions of people who use the station.
Old Oak Common Station
Construction has started at Old Oak Common to build the best connected rail station in the UK.
Interchange Station serves Solihull, Birmingham Airport and the NEC. Its design focuses on sustainability.
Interchange Station will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, road and air with customers able to reach London Euston in just 38 minutes.
It will also connect to the city centres of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
Birmingham Curzon Street Station
Curzon Street Station will be at the heart of the high speed rail network.
HS2 will transform transport links for Crewe.
HS2 will transform transport links for Stafford and help regeneration around the station area.
HS2 will serve Stoke, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.
HS2 will serve Macclesfield, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.
Runcorn will benefit from the high speed rail network.
Merseyside will be part of the high speed network.
HS2 will serve Warrington, as well as Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn where passengers can access the high speed network.
Manchester Airport Station
HS2 will improve transport connections.
Manchester Piccadilly Station
HS2 creates a step-change in Manchester transport and will boost regeneration.
HS2 will serve Wigan North Western station.
The integrated high speed station at Preston will be at the heart of one of Britain’s most networked cities.
Lancaster will be part of the high speed rail network.
HS2 cuts London-Oxenholme journeys to under two hours.
Penrith will be part of the high speed rail network.
Carlisle and other Cumbrian stations will be part of the high speed network.
HS2 trains will serve the current stations at Lockerbie, Motherwell, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
HS2 trains will serve Motherwell and other nearby locations.
HS2 trains will run to Edinburgh.
Glasgow will be an integrated high speed station where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the south.
East Midlands Hub (Toton) Station
The East Midlands hub station at Toton will be one of the most connected places in the UK.
HS2 will drive the transformation of Chesterfield.
Sheffield Midland will be served by what is termed a classic compatible service.
Creating more rail capacity, a world class gateway and economic opportunities for Yorkshire.
HS2 will improve the reliability and speed of services to and from York station.
HS2 will serve Darlington, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.
HS2 will serve Durham, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.
HS2 trains will stop at the existing Newcastle railway station.
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
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