High Speed Rail
High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future
A new high speed rail network would transform the country’s economic geography. It would bring our key cities closer together, enable businesses to operate more productively, support employment growth and regeneration, provide a genuine alternative to domestic aviation, and create a platform for delivering long-term and sustainable economic growth and prosperity.
High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future - Consultation sets out the Government’s proposed high speed rail strategy and how the recommended route for an initial high speed line from London to the West Midlands has been identified, as well as the questions on which the Government is seeking views. The consultation closed on 29 July 2011.
Secretary of State letter to stakeholders
- Secretary of State letter to stakeholders, published 27 July 2011
Timeline and relevant documents
In May 2010 the Government confirmed its commitment to a national high speed rail network. The following timeline, including relevant documents, sets out what has happened since then up to the launch of consultation.
Frequently asked questions
Regularly updated questions and answers on high speed rail.
- East Midlands set to ‘Reap the Rewards’ from High Speed Rail Network, 5 April 2011
- Huge increase in commuter trains possible with HS2 – Hammond, 1 April 2011
- Speed, capacity, jobs and prosperity – North West urged to back high speed rail, 21 March 2011
- Norman Baker speech to the HS2 seminar in Glasgow 17 March 2011
- London to West Midlands Rail Alternatives - Update of Economic Appraisal, 10 March 2011
- Philip Hammond speech at the launch of High Speed Rail, 28 February 2011
High Speed Two Limited
High Speed Two Limited (HS2 Ltd) is the company set up by the Government to consider the case for new high speed rail services between London and Scotland.
HS2 Ltd’s remit is set out in letters from the Secretary Of State to the Chair of HS2 Ltd.