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HS2 will serve Newcastle

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With HS2 trains set to serve both Newcastle and Durham

the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) are working to ensure high speed rail supports the region’s future.

HS2 will serve  Newcastle

It will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport. This will help relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times. Newcastle to Birmingham will come down to just 2 hours. D

HS2 Services in the North East

Newcastle to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 96 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 118 minutes, current time 172 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 137 minutes, current time 170 minutes

Durham to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time 82 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 103 minutes, current time 159 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 138 minutes, current time 170 minutes

Darlington to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time63 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 85 minutes, current time 140 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 112 minutes, current time 141 minutes

The advanced manufacturing sector will thrive

Over 62,000 people in the North East work in advanced manufacturing. HS2 will bring manufacturing hubs, suppliers and research centres closer together, encouraging collaboration and growth.


HS2 services will cement the status of Newcastle Central Station as an international gateway for North East England. It acts as a hub connecting Newcastle International Airport, Sunderland and South Tyneside, East Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Local interchanges mean the people of Newcastle will have good access to HS2. The North East Combined Authority is also working with Network Rail on options to upgrade the East Coast Main Line, local rail services and provision for freight.

NECA and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership are working to ensure that these stations support the region’s future, such as facilitating growth in development sites such as Newcastle’s East Pilgrim Street and Stephenson Quarter.