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Route map (described)

This is a text-only description of the high speed railway route found on our interactive map.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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