High Speed Two News

Government unveils plan for HS2 route north of Birmingham

Government unveils plan for HS2 route north of Birmingham

15th Nov 2016 Rail News

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. The government hopes new HS2 trains will carry over 300,000 people a day and triple the number of seats available out of Euston at peak hours.

First HS2 section to open in 2027

First HS2 section to open in 2027

30th Nov 2015 Tourism News Rail News

A final decision on the HS2 route between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe has been announced, with the government confirming its intention to open this section of the line six years earlier than planned, in 2027. In confirming the route, the UK transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has issued safeguarding directions for Phase 2a of HS2, to protect land from potential conflicting development.

Economic case for HS2 rail questioned in UK

Economic case for HS2 rail questioned in UK

25th Mar 2015 Rail News

The government has not yet made a convincing case for HS2 and must do so before parliament passes a bill to enable the construction of the first stage of the railway to begin. This is the conclusion of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, in a report published today.

High-Speed 2 rail link questioned by National Audit Office

High-Speed 2 rail link questioned by National Audit Office

16th May 2013 Rail News

In an early examination of progress by the department for transport in planning for the High Speed 2 rail network, the National Audit Office has expressed reservations about the Department’s business case. In particular, in presenting its case for investment in the project, the department is said to have poorly articulated the strategic need for a transformation in rail capacity and how High Speed 2 will help generate regional economic growth.

UK government unveils proposals for HS2 rail project

UK government unveils proposals for HS2 rail project

28th Jan 2013 Rail News

The department for transport has unveiled its preferred route for the HS2 High-Speed rail project in the north of England. The £32 billion project will run north from Birmingham, taking in five stops: Manchester; Manchester Airport; Toton; Sheffield; and Leeds.

High Speed 2 given mauling by Institute of Economic Affairs.

High Speed 2 given mauling by Institute of Economic Affairs.

19th Jul 2011 Rail News

High Speed 2 – a proposed high-speed rail link between the north and south of England – is “economically flawed”, according to research from the Institute of Economic Affairs. As such it is not “commercially viable” with taxpayers likely to face a “high proportion of the financial risks”, argues the free-market think tank.

Private investors eye High-Speed Two

Private investors eye High-Speed Two

26th Jun 2011 Rail News

Global Infrastructure, Eurotunnel and Allianz are among the frontrunners believed to be eyeing up the construction of Britain’s High Speed Two, after Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport, announced plans for the £33bn mega-project to be sold to private investors to raise funds.

UK launches high-speed rail consultation

UK launches high-speed rail consultation

Tourism in the UK could be radically altered by the development of a new high-speed rail line linking London with the north of the country. As many as six million passengers could move from air travel to the line when it is completed in 2030 the coalition government argues, potentially hitting low-cost carries the hardest.

UK govt poised to greenlight high-speed network

UK govt poised to greenlight high-speed network

30th Dec 2009 Rail News

Plans for a new high-speed rail network between London and Scotland could be agreed as early as March, according to the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis. The network would feature 200mph trains and cut journey times to the north of Britain by half to just over two hours.