Common questions

What is the alternative to HS2?

What is the alternative to HS2?

That alternative is the little-known Great Central Railway. This ready-made high-speed line takes almost exactly the same route between London and the Midlands as HS2 would. It sits there, its viaducts and bridges unused, begging for trains.

Where will HS2 trains stop?

Three phases of development Stations affected will be Birmingham Curzon, London Euston, Old Oak Common, Oxenholme, Penrith and Stafford. Phase 2b: the Y shaped part of the journey will connect Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to York and Leeds.

How will HS2 trains be powered?

HS2 trains will be highly energy efficient and powered by a grid that uses increasing amounts of energy from zero carbon sources, for example renewable energy from solar and wind generation. In future, with the grid supplying 100% zero carbon energy, journeys on HS2 will be zero carbon.

How frequently will HS2 trains run?

What is the route for HS2? The new railway line running between London and the West Midlands would carry 400m-long (1,300ft) trains with as many as 1,100 seats per train, reaching speeds of up to 250mph and would run as often as 14 times an hour in each direction.

Is HS2 Leeds going ahead?

The eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds has been scrapped and a full high-speed east-west line linking Manchester to Leeds will not be built, the government has confirmed, as it said faster train journeys would be delivered earlier and cheaper under a £96bn rail plan.

Will HS2 carry freight?

The entire HS2 network will create space on the existing rail network for up to 144 extra freight trains per day. Each freight train can take up to 76 HGVs off the road.

Where will Arden Cross be?

It will create a new place for work, home and leisure, all wrapped around the new HS2 Interchange station and connecting to central London in just 38 minutes and to every major English regional city in less than an hour. An integral part of the UK Central Hub, Arden Cross will be at the heart of a new economic zone.

Where will the HS2 trains be built?

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston welcomed the news. “Today is a massive day for HS2,” he said. “The trains that will be built in Derby, Newton Aycliffe and Crewe will transform rail travel – offering passengers unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort and help in the fight against climate change.

How many carriages will HS2 trains have?

The high-speed HS2 trains could have three carriage classes to attract business commuters, it has emerged.

Is HS2 good for climate change?

As the low carbon alternative for long distance travel, HS2 will help the country’s fight against climate change. It will take cars and lorries off the roads and reduce the need for domestic flights, making transport, Britain’s largest carbon emitter, more environmentally friendly.

How fast will HS2 trains be?

High Speed 2
Loading gauge UIC GC
Electrification 25 kV AC overhead
Operating speed 360 km/h (225 mph) maximum, but 330 km/h (205 mph) routinely.
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How can I see the planned routes for HS2?

You can check maps to see the planned routes for the High Speed Two ( HS2) rail network. The route for Phase 1 has been confirmed. Plans for Phases 2a and 2b aren’t confirmed but are unlikely to change significantly.

What is HS2 and why is it important?

It is one of the most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects in Europe – the vision is to build more than just a railway and create a legacy for the UK for generations to come. AECOM is and will continue to align our global capability and capacity to support HS2 in delivering Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

What is included in the HS2 Alternatives Report?

A full economic appraisal of the alternatives is included in the report as well as an assessment against the capacity, connectivity and deliverability objectives for HS2.

What does the Atkin study say about High Speed 2 (HS2)?

The Atkin’s ‘Appraisal of rail alternatives to HS2’ study provides evidence to support the government’s consideration of the investment case for High Speed 2 (HS2).