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HS2 Project Timeline

We are determined to get cracking with HS2. We have already completed the consultation on Phase 1, and in 2013 we will begin seeking powers from Parliament to construct the line between London and the West Midlands. The first shovels will hit the ground in 2017 and the first high speed trains should be speeding along the tracks between Birmingham and London by 2026.

The timeline for the whole HS2 project as it currently stands can be found below:

HS2 remains the only proper and practicable solution to creating sufficient long-term capacity for Britain’s railways.

All Party Parliamentary Group on High Speed Rail, May 2012