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Connectivity – catalysing growth and levelling-up the country

HS2 will transform the country

HS2 is the most important economic regeneration project in decades. It will act as a catalyst for growth and help level-up the country, boosting growth in the Midlands and North. Better connectivity opens-up new employment and leisure opportunity for millions of people.

Connecting our great cities

HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations, from Scotland to the South East. They include eight of Britain’s ten largest cities. HS2 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.

Better connections mean growth and jobs

Station cities are already planning for growth and investment off the back of the arrival of high speed services. HS2 growth plans around the country account  for around half a million jobs.

For example,  HS2, 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
Solihull's new Interchange station will support 70,000 jobs.

Better connections will boost tourism and leisure

Better transport connections which bring the country closer together. That 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.

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Cheshire and Staffordshire

Spurred on by HS2 connectivity at Stafford, Stoke and Macclesfield, the Cheshire and Staffordshire HS2 Growth Strategy will deliver 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040, worth £6.4 billion.

The Crewe Masterplan is also set to create a new hub around the station, which includes 37,000 new jobs and an additional 7,000 new homes.

Th Stafford Station Gateway Growth Area take advantage of HS2 connectivity too. New commercial, business and leisure facilities will support 6,500 new jobs and 800 new homes.


In Cumbria,  the Cumbria Infrastructure Plan recognises the benefits and opportunities provided by being HS2 ready. The Carlisle Station Gateway Plan could add an additional £40 million a year for the economy. Lake District tourism will benefit also from HS2 services stopping at Penrith and Oxenholme stations.


Chesterfield is using the arrival of HS2 to drive a transformation of the town. A re-developed station is key to this. The area’s masterplan includes provision for nearly 5,000 new homes and more than 10,000 new jobs.

Watch the council’s full-length HS2 Masterplan video.

East Midlands

The new HS2 East Midlands Hub at Toton will be one of the best connected places in Britain.

The East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy estimates that the arrival of HS2 could help provide 74,000 new jobs and add an extra £4bn a year to the regional economy.

The proposed HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley offers major opportunities and Derbyshire County Council’s masterplan includes 1,500 new homes and 800 new jobs on site.


In Lancashire, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) believes that productivity gains from the impact of HS2 services to Lancaster and Preston could help provide an extra £600m for the region.



The new high speed station at Old Oak Common will help kick-start the UK’s largest regeneration project, which aims to transform the former railway and industrial area into a new neighbourhood supporting up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes. Working with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) the new HS2 station will contribute to a £15 billion economic boost over the next 30 years.

Euston station and the area around it will also be transformed.


The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has the potential to double the economic output of Greater Manchester to £132bn by 2050, delivering 96,000 jobs and 16,800 homes. We’re working with the authority and other stakeholders to ensure that the region achieves the full potential of HS2.

The redevelopment of Manchester Piccadilly station for HS2 is expected to create 40,000 new jobs and 13,000 new homes.

The HS2 station at Manchester Airport is critical for redevelopment plans around the airport that could create 20,000 jobs.


On Merseyside, the Linking Liverpool campaign’s ambitions include creating 20,000 new jobs, building 10,000 new homes and boosting the city region’s economy by £15 billion through improved connectivity. We’re working with Liverpool City RegionLiverpool City CouncilHalton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council to ensure the region achieves the full potential of HS2.

North East

HS2 services will cement the status of Newcastle Central Station as a hub connecting Newcastle International Airport, Sunderland and South Tyneside, East Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Local interchanges mean the people of Newcastle will have good access to HS2. The North East Combined Authority and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership are working to ensure that these stations support the region’s future.

The Darlington HS2 Growth Hub proposal envisages around £100 million of investment, including 1,500 potential new homes.

HS2 services will support Durham’s ambition to double employment in its thriving tourism sector. Durham County Council plans to capitalise on the arrival of HS2, by development of the business quarter near the station. Supporting over 6,000 potential jobs.


HS2 will better join up the economic powerhouses of Glasgow and Edinburgh with other big cities in the UK – thanks to much quicker journeys. HS2 will benefit the Scottish economy by over £5bn.

And, in Annandale, a new train stabling facility will create local jobs too.

West Midlands

Birmingham’s Curzon Street Masterplan  covers the area that will house the HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham city centre, along with £724m million in investment into the surrounding area. It envisages the creation of 36,000 new jobs, 4,000 new homes and 600,000 square metres of commercial development.

Around Solihull’s Interchange Station, the Urban Growth Company is masterminding plans for The Hub. It will be Europe’s best-connected destination for business, leisure and living.  HS2 will also bring 1.3m people to within a 45 min commute of The Hub by public transport. It will support 70,000 jobs, up to 5,000 homes and 650,000 square metres of commercial space. It will add £6.2bn per annum to the economy.


Over £500m of investment has been attracted to Leeds since HS2 was announced. Leeds City Region predicts their HS2 Growth Strategy will create around 40,000 additional jobs. That’s a £54 billion boost to the regional economy by 2050.

In York, the York Central partnership sees the HS2-ready hub as an economic magnet. Around the station it will help unlock 2,500 new homes, up to 6,500 jobs and create over £1.1 billion value for the region’s economy.

Sheffield City Region’s HS2 will support the Sheffield City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan. It aims to create 70,000 jobs,  6,000 businesses, and generate £4 billion for the local economy. With over 6,000 jobs in the region directly linked to the rail industry, local companies are also  in prime position to compete for HS2’s supply chain opportunities too.