High Speed 2
High Speed 2

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • High Speed 2
  • Brexit impact
  • What is High Speed 2?
  • DfT and HS2
  • Proposed benefits of HS2
  • Opposition to HS2
  • Bills and legislation
  • Safeguarding
  • Statutory blight and purchase notices
  • Other property schemes
  • more

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and practice, see: Brexit—implications for planning law and practice—overview and Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for English and Welsh planning law and practice.

What is High Speed 2?

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a proposed new high-speed rail network, from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds. The government hopes it will improve the transport network and boost the economy, but there has been controversy about the exact route of the line and its effect on nearby landowners.

The trains are proposed to be 400m long, with up to 1,100 seats per train, operating at speeds of up to 250mph.


HS2 will be built  in two phases:

  1. the Phase 1 will link London Euston with a new station at Birmingham Curzon Street, including a station at Old Oak Common in west London and another near Birmingham Airport (Phase 1)

  2. for Phase 2, the route will divide into two lines, one to Manchester Piccadilly via Crewe (Phase 2a) and Manchester Airport (Phase 2b) and the other from Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands and Sheffield Meadowhall (also Phase 2b)

HS2 will be integrated with the existing national railway network and the trains will