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Connectivity – catalysing growth and leveling-up the country

HS2 will bring Britain closer together by adding much needed capacity and connectivity to our rail network.

HS2 will transform the country

HS2 is a state-of-the-art, high-speed line critical for the UK’s low-carbon transport future. It will make Britain better connected, rebalancing the UK economy and bring jobs and investment to the Midlands and North. It will also provide much-needed rail capacity across the country, and is integral to rail projects in the North and Midlands.

Journey times will be cut

Journey times between the North, Midlands and South will be cut, opening up opportunities for millions of people about where they live, work and play. The extra capacity which HS2 creates will also make travel more comfortable and accessible between Britain’s largest cities.

Connecting our great cities

HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations, from Scotland to the South East, including eight of Britain’s ten largest cities. It is the backbone for both Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Rail Hub to further connect the great cities of the Midlands and the North.

Use our interactive journey planner to explore the cities and places HS2 will connect.

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Better connections mean better opportunities

Station cities are already planning for growth and investment off the back of the arrival of high speed services, with HS2 growth plans around the country accounting for around half a million jobs. The certainty provided by Parliamentary approval of Phase One of the route between the West Midlands and London is already providing the platform for Birmingham to boom, with more new jobs being created, more new businesses being set up and more outside investment coming into the city than anywhere outside of the capital.

Concourse area outside the new high speed Interchange station
The new Interchange station, in Solihull will be at the heart of the high speed network bringing Britain closer together.

More choice for fun, friends and family

Family and friends will be bought closer together by HS2, with journey times slashed between destinations around Britain. With most long distance journeys made for leisure, high speed services will be the low carbon option to see those you care about and do more of what you love.

Better transport connections which bring the country closer together will be a huge boost to the tourism industry, worth over £200 billion to the economy every year and responsible for supporting millions of jobs nationwide. Tourist favourites like the Lake District, London, York and Durham will all receive HS2 services.

Discover how bringing Britain closer together benefits your region

West Midlands

The West Midlands will be at the heart of the new high speed network. Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, London, the East Midlands, York and Wigan will all be within an hour’s journey, opening up opportunity for millions of people.

East Midlands

The new East Midlands Hub will be one of the best connected places in Britain. Passengers will be able to get to Birmingham in just 20 minutes, Leeds in 27 minutes and London in 52 minutes.

North West

Manchester, Liverpool and eight towns in the North West of England will receive HS2 services, bringing the region closer to the rest of Britain. People will have more choice about where they live, work and play.

North East

The North East and Tees Valley will be bought closer to Yorkshire and the Midlands, with HS2 services calling at Newcastle, Darlington and Durham. It will be easier for businesses to collaborate and share expertise, helping to create new jobs across the region.


HS2 will connect Leeds, Sheffield and York to the rest of Britain with high speed services. Journey times to the Midlands will be halved, bringing Yorkshire universities and manufacturers closer to Midland researchers and supply chains.


London will have two high speed stations, bringing the capital closer to the Midlands and the North. Manchester, Birmingham, Crewe and the East Midlands will all be within an hour, connecting friends and family across the country.


HS2 will better join up the economic powerhouses of Glasgow and Edinburgh with other big cities in the UK – thanks to much quicker journeys. This will boost trade and make Scotland an even more attractive place for business and investment, increasing employment opportunities.