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Bringing Britain closer together, better connecting people and places
Birmingham's Curzon St Station will be at the heart of the HS2 network

Why HS2?

HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations connecting around 30 million people. That’s almost half the population.

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

Read our story and find out the key facts

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Benefits at a glance

  • HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network

    By freeing space for more trains to run on the existing network, HS2 will also enable faster and more frequent services on other routes too.

    Helping reduce overcrowding

  • HS2 will directly connect 8 of 10 of Britain’s largest cities

    HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations and connect with Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Rail Hub. Find our more about the stations.

    The stations

  • HS2 will put more places within an hour's reach

    By bringing Britain closer together, people will have more options on where they live, work and relax. Explore our route map.

    Bringing Britain closer together

  • HS2 will be low carbon travel

    HS2 will support a transition to a net-zero carbon UK economy. Find out more.

    HS2 and zero carbon Britain

  • HS2 will be better for leisure time

    Family, sports and heritage destinations will be closer. Explore the route map.

    Bringing Britain closer together

  • HS2 will help reduce road traffic

    By freeing up rail capacity for freight, HS2 will drive a shift from lorries.

    Helping reduce overcrowding

  • HS2 is an investment in Britain’s future

    HS2 will bring over £92 billion of benefits. For every £1 spent on HS2 the UK will receive £2.30 in benefits.

    Investing in our economy

  • HS2 will support 30,000 jobs

    That's just building it. 3,000 more will run it. 70% of jobs will be outside London and at least 2,000 new apprenticeships will be created.



Realising the potential

For rail passengers, HS2 services must raise the bar for excellence in transport, providing world class levels of reliability, comfort and customer experience.

Read the report report