HS2 government update
News just in! The government has announced that the controversial £56bn HS2 second phase project will be going ahead in a bid to boost the economy.
With the announcement, the government confirmed that the second phase of the high-speed rail line will be planned from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. However, the update doesn’t confirm where the new station will be located but a decision on this is expected in 2017.
The preferred option, which would cost £1bn less than alternative routes is for the main HS2 route to run east of Sheffield, with a separate spur to take passengers to Sheffield city centre with the possibility of a new station at Manchester airport.
Now that the government has had its say and confirmed most of its chosen route, the next stage will be for it to go through the parliamentary process.
The first HS2 phase is due to open in December 2026, the second phase is then estimated to be completed around 2032/2033.