There is a new, user-friendly map on the HS2 website, making it simpler to find out what current and upcoming works are being carried out in your area.
"The new In your area map brings all of our work notifications together on one page, making it easier for you to navigate and ensure you are kept up-to-date on the work we are doing to deliver the new railway".
Each work item, highlighted on the map with a 'hard hat' icon, lets you know:
the location and planned duration of the works
which contractor is delivering it, and
what kind of activity they are doing, such as setting up a compound or an archaeological dig.
HS2 also say: We'd like to know what you think about the new mapping tool and ways that we can improve it, to ensure that you can easily find information about the delivery of the railway in your area and how to contact us if you have any questions.
Update from HS2 on the Eastern Leg Phase 2b November 2020
Towards the end of 2020, the Government made clear in its response to the Oakervee Review its commitment to Phase 2b of HS2, "extending high-speed rail from the West Midlands to the North, ensuring we boost capacity, improve connectivity between our regions and share prosperity".
As part of this, the Government plans to present an Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands by the end of the year, informed by an assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission, which will look at how to deliver HS2 Phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and other rail programmes better and more effectively. In the meantime, the Government has asked HS2 Ltd to pause work on the Eastern Leg.
The Government has asked HS2 Ltd to proceed with the development of the Western Leg of Phase 2b (from Crewe to Manchester). Subject to the Integrated Rail Plan, a Western Leg Bill is being prepared for deposit to Parliament in early 2022, or sooner if possible. Whilst plans may be subject to change following the Integrated Rail Plan, the potential for significant change to the Western Leg is more limited.
Western Leg (Crewe to Manchester)
On 7 October 2020 the Minister of State for Transport announced a consultation on four proposed changes to the design of the Western Leg of Phase 2b. To find out more about the consultation and how to respond to it, as well as information about other changes to the Western leg, please visit www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b. Although this consultation only relates to the Western Leg of Phase 2b, anyone is welcome to comment on the proposals.