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HS2's vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain.
Arial view of the design vision for Curzon Street station.

Why HS2?

HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations connecting around 30 million people. That’s almost half the population.

Benefits at a glance

  • HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network

    By freeing space for more trains to run on the existing network, HS2 will also enable faster and more frequent services on other routes too.

    Improving your journey

  • HS2 will directly connect 8 of 10 of Britain’s largest cities

    HS2 trains will serve over 25 stations and connect with Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Rail Hub.

    Where we go

  • HS2 is an investment in Britain’s future

    HS2 will bring over £92 billion of benefits. For every £1 spent on HS2 the UK will receive £2.30 in benefits. Learn more about these.

    Investing in our economy

  • HS2 will support 30,000 jobs

    That's just building it. 3,000 more will run it. 70% of jobs will be outside London and at least 2,000 new apprenticeships will be created.


  • Our design will put people first

    Our design approach will give passengers, workers and communities more choice, flexibility, reliability, comfort and accessibility.

    Design aspiration

  • HS2 will treat local communities with respect

    Strict standards will limit noise, air pollution and traffic congestion. £40m will be given to boost local communities.

    In your area

  • The environment

    HS2 will conserve, replace or enhance wildlife habitats and green spaces. It will create a green corridor along its route.

    The environment and sustainability

  • HS2 will be a catalyst for economic growth

    Faster and easier travel between Britain’s economic hubs will better connect industries and help bridge the North-South divide.

    Investing in our economy

Read our story and find out the key facts

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HS2 Misconceptions

Northern Powerhouse Rail is a major rail programme designed to unlock the economic potential of the North. It will transform rail services making it easier to move between the region’s towns and cities. Featuring new and significantly upgraded railway lines, it relies on HS2 building new railway lines that it can use. For example, the section of the HS2 route from the West Coast Mainline to Manchester Piccadilly will use be used by NPR trains travelling from Liverpool to Manchester and beyond.

Why not improve northern railways instead?

Discover how HS2 will benefit you in your region

Find out more about Improving your journey

Realising the potential

For rail passengers, HS2 services must raise the bar for excellence in transport, providing world class levels of reliability, comfort and customer experience.

Read our latest report