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25.01.13

HS2 route to Leeds and Manchester expected Monday

The detailed route for the second phase of HS2 could be announced as early as Monday, it is understood.

Phase 1 covers London to the West Midlands, while Phase 2 forms the 'Y-shaped' network north, with one spur to Manchester and the other through the East Midlands and South Yorkshire up to Leeds.

Speculation around the route has also indicated that the trains could travel through a large tunnel beneath East Midlands Airport. The branch to Leeds could pass through the East Midlands, Leicestershire and run between Derby and Nottingham, Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton has suggested.

The line could enter the tunnel at Diseworth, he added.

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Airport said: “We have not been informed of anything relating to the route of HS2. Like everybody else, we are awaiting the official announcement of the detailed route.”

The indicative route is pictured below (source: HS2 Ltd). But a spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We cannot confirm any specific details of the proposed HS2 route at this stage. An official announcement on the route will be made very soon.”

HS2 Ltd told RTM it could not confirm the time of publication of the routes, but numerous reports indicate next week is likely, and those saying Monday include rail journalist and commentator Christian Wolmar

A consultation on the property compensation proposals for the first phase of HS2, London-Birmingham, finishes at the end of this month.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Lawrence Revill   25/01/2013 at 14:13

I cannot help but compare the UK's high speed network with that of other European countries. We seem unable to link city centres but are content to bypass them. Where is the potential service between Birmingham and Manchester or Leeds. It is just routes to and from London that will benefit from the express service. This huge investment will not bolster the economies of provincial city centres - the focuses of city regions - but will reinforce the importance of park and ride sites in the middle of nowhere!

Nick   25/01/2013 at 22:24

Laurence I don't see your point. Trains that use hs2 for all or part of their journey will serve the city centres of London Birmingham Manchester and Leeds on hs2 entirely and Liverpool Leeds Glasgow Newcastle etc via the existing lines. Derby and Nottingham will have a shared parkway station and meadow hall will serve both Sheffield and Rotherham. Not every city can have a city centre station. But that doesn't mean that the cities won't benefit as not every person is going to the city centres in any case. Anyone wanting a quicker overall journey will go to the hs2 station instead of the city centre one. If their particular journey is more convenient via the existing service then that option is still there

Jak Jaye   25/01/2013 at 23:07

Never mind HS2(or 1) it took me 3 hours to get from Epsom Downs to London Victoria yesterday,thysnks to Southern(Worst TOC ..ever).This is just another vanity project like Crossrail anyway HS1/2 would have been already here if that Industrial Vandal Beecching hadnt closed the Great Cental line to Manchester.

Gabriel Oaks   28/01/2013 at 08:01

I cannot help thinking that the money would be better spend sorting out the overcrowding on existing services as well as reinstating railway lines to towns that desperately need a fixed link. As for all these termini (particuarly Birmingham) why aren't some of these simple 'through stations' looped off the main route; perhaps even in tunnel under the city centres?

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