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Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe

Services on Phase 2a of HS2 will begin in 2027, carrying passengers from London to Crewe on the high speed line, and beyond.

Fly-through of the HS2 Phase 2a line

From 2027 the Phase 2a line, running between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe in Cheshire, will connect with existing high speed services to carry passengers between London and Crewe. Services will travel onwards to places like Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan.

Early delivery

To release the benefits sooner, the delivery of Phase 2a has been brought forwards to 2027, six years earlier than originally planned.

Planning permission to build HS2 Phase 2a

In July 2017, the government introduced the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) hybrid Bill into Parliament. This was the first step in getting permission to build this part of the route. In March 2018, the government proposed a number of changes to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill in Parliament in a set of documents known as Additional Provision 1 (AP1). This was accompanied by a Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES1).

The government has now deposited AP2, which proposes further changes to the Bill, along with an Environmental Statement (ES2) and a second Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES2).

On July 15th 2019, Tte Phase 2a hybrid Bill passed its Third Reading stage in the Commons with a cross-party majority of 246. It is now before the House of Lords for their consideration.

During the debate, Nus Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, said:

The intention is to smash the north-south divide. This line is about progress, opportunity and skilled jobs, and radically improving connectivity between not just London and the midlands, but the midlands and the great cities of the north—it is about connecting eight of our 10 largest cities. This is more growth in the UK economy, more skilled jobs and more opportunities. In particular, these new opportunities will be brought to the midlands and the north earlier than before.

You can view the Phase 2a hybrid bill documents on the GOV.UK website or view the entire timeline.

Our community websites

The planning and construction of HS2 is a huge operation – it is currently the largest infrastructure project in Europe.

Visit our community websites to find out more about what the proposals are for the route as it travels through communities, how it is being constructed and what we are doing to make this less disruptive. The sites host: local area plans, local engagement plans, contractor liaison plans and local event information.

More sites are being prepared to serve other areas. All community sites can be found on the HS2 community site hub .