HS2 is Britain’s new high-speed rail line being built from London to the North-West, with HS2 trains linking the biggest cities in Scotland with Manchester, Birmingham, and London.
HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in Europe and the most important economic and social regeneration project in decades.
Major civil engineering works are now underway with £23 billion contracted into the supply chain and over 350 active sites between the West Midlands and London, supporting over 30,000 jobs, and delivering benefits before a single train has started running. Ecocem has supplied over 100,000m3 of GGBS concrete for HS2 since the project started.
The new high-speed line will run between the North West and the South East, stopping at Manchester, Birmingham and London with trains continuing on the existing network to Scotland and elsewhere. 170 miles of new high-speed line is already under construction between Crewe and London, employing nearly 30,000 people.
In total, the Government is planning over 260 miles of new high speed line across the country, including:
• HS2 London to the West Midlands
• HS2 West Midlands to Crewe
• HS2 Crewe to Manchester Phase 2b
• HS2 West Midlands to Leads
• Northern Powerhouse Rail (with a high-speed link between Warrington and Yorkshire that relies on HS2 Phase 2b infrastructure)
HS2 will begin running between 2029 and 2033 when Phase One is complete and services will expand as new sections of the network are built.