HS2 phase 2: West Midlands to Leeds

Phase 2b route confirmation – July 2017

The Government has confirmed its plans to extend of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds, known as Phase 2b.

It follows a consultation held in November last year on its preferred alignment. The Transport Secretary has made one change to the route, taking into account the county council’s representation requesting the line be moved away from the village of Austrey.

The HS2 eastern leg to Leeds is proposed to run through North Warwickshire, affecting communities at Bodymoor Heath, Kingsbury, Birchmoor, Polesworth, Warton and Austrey. The route will cut through the middle of two Warwickshire country parks, Kingsbury Water Park and Pooley Country Park, and the M42 Junction 10 where it meets the A5.

The latest timetable is for construction to start on Phase 2b from 2023 and the railway to be operational in 2033. To enable the line to be built, hybrid bill legislation is scheduled to be deposited to Parliament in 2019.

Updated information on proposals for the HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds


As preparation for the HS2 Phase 2b hybrid Bill to build the line, the Government has commissioned consultants to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepare an Environmental Statement (ES). The EIA will identify the likely significant environmental effects and appropriate measures to limit such effects.

A consultation has been opened to gather views on the Scope and Methodology Report (SMR), a technical document which outlines the approach to the EIA. A separate consultation on the draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) SMR is running concurrently.

The closing date for the consultations is September 29.

HS2 Phase 2b draft Environmental Impact Assessment Scope and Methodology Report

HS2 Phase 2b draft Equality Impact Assessment Scope and Methodology Report

Property compensation

Discretionary schemes already available for other phases of the project are now in place for those living along the 2b route.

Claim compensation if your property is affected by HS2

More information

HS2 route to the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester set out by the government

HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds: Route Refinement Consultation 2016

HS2 Phase 2b: command paper

HS2 in the Commons – written statement April 2nd 2012

HS2 in the Commons – written statement April19th 2012

WCC submission to the consultation on the scoping and methodology June 2012 (PDF, 340.87 KB)

Written Statement – The Secretary of State for Transport (Chris Grayling) November 15 2016

Key facts for HS2 phase 2B January 2017 (PDF, 192.45 KB)

HS2 Phase 2b consultation

HS2 phase 2: West Midlands to Leeds was last updated on August 4, 2017.