High Speed Two is the new railway that will be the backbone of Britain’s transport network.
By helping to bridge the north-south divide it will build a country that works together. The new railway will free up space on congested rail lines. This will relieve overcrowding and improve reliability for millions of people using Britain’s railways.
It will help deliver a more productive economy, better able to compete on the global stage. By making it faster and easier to travel for work and leisure, HS2 will increase trade, boost tourism and regenerate towns and cities. Hundreds and thousands of jobs will be supported by Local Authorities’ development plans to capitalise on HS2
HS2 is expected to carry over 300,000 passengers a day – around 100 million a year, when fully operational.
Up to 48 HS2 trains will run on the rail network every hour.
Over 25 stations will be served directly.
Intercity journey times will be cut. For example, the journey between London and Manchester will be cut in half to just over an hour.