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HS2 Update                                                                                     October 2023

The HS2 high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Manchester will be scrapped, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said.

Another part of the route, between the East Midlands and Leeds, has already been cancelled. Instead, £36bn funding will be put into alternative transport projects, Mr Sunak said.

Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Craig Tracey has welcomed the news that the Prime Minister has announced that he is scrapping parts of HS2, including the Eastern leg,  which has been an issue of much contention for local residents over a number of years.

HS2 Jobs                                                                                       8th February 2021

Clink on the link below for a brand-new HS2 jobs-site to promote the 20,000+ roles that the project will support over the coming years.

HS2 Introduce Interactive Map                                                12th March 2021 

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.

Let us know your views by completing our In your area map feedback survey.

HS2 Jobs                                                                                       8th February 2021

Clink on the link below for a brand-new HS2 jobs-site to promote the 20,000+ roles that the project will support over the coming years.

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 Although this consultation only relates to the Western Leg of Phase 2b, anyone is welcome to comment on the proposals.

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