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CGI showing the front entrance of Birmingham Curzon Street station.
CGI showing the front entrance of Birmingham Curzon Street station.

Phase One: London to West Midlands

Learn about the HS2 Phase One route, construction highlights, stations and more.

What is Phase One?

Phase One of HS2 will see 134 miles of new high speed railway line constructed from Euston to north of Birmingham, where it will re-join the existing West Coast Mainline. Services will travel onwards to places like Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan.

It will pass through 31 miles of tunnels and over 10 miles of viaducts. Four brand new stations and two new depots will also be built. 16,000 workers will be needed to complete construction.

When will it start and finish?

The first services on Phase One will run between 2029 and 2033. Extensive ground investigations and preparations are almost finished and construction has started.

The Stations

As part of HS2 Phase One, four new railway stations will be developed.

Birmingham Curzon Street

Blurb about Curzon Street – construction info, services BREEAM etc.

Birmingham Interchange

Blurb about Interchange – construction info, services BREEAM etc.

London Euston

Blurb about Euston – construction info, services BREEAM etc.

Old Oak Common

Blurb about OOC – construction info, services BREEAM etc.

CGI showing front entrance of Curzon Street station
CGI showing aerial view of Interchange station
CGI showing front entrance of Old Oak Common
CGIs showing (in order) Curzon Street, Interchange and Old Oak Common.

Building the railway

New and cutting edge engineering will build a state-of-the-art railway with bridges, viaducts and tunnels along the way.

Surface works

Mervs stats to go here.


Stuff about TBMs etc.


Footage showing the discovery of the world's oldest roundhouse at Curzon St.

Construction partners

The enabling works contracts cover the whole of Phase One, from London to Birmingham. The following joint ventures (JV) have been appointed:

  • Area South – CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Limited)
  • Area Central -Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)
  • Area North – LM JV (Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited, J. Murphy & Sons Limited)

As well as archaeology, site clearance and establishing site compounds, the contractors will also deliver a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage work.

Nature and the environment

Section to talk about Green Corridor, habitat creation, tree planting.

Offsetting of construction emissions etc.

Planning permission

Section linking to hybrid bill, U&As and planning forum.