HS2 – Journey times from Birmingham

HS2 station will be in Moor St, Birmingham city centre

HS2 station will be in Moor St, Birmingham city centre

Following Monday’s announcement of HS2 phase 2 here are the proposed stations and journey times from Birmingham:

Phase One – London to Birmingham and Lichfield junction (140-mile), with stations planned at:

  • London Euston
  • Old Oak Common (11-minute link to Heathrow)
  • Birmingham Interchange
  • Birmingham Moor Street (city centre)

Construction begins 2017, opening 2026

Phase Two – Birmingham to Manchester/Leeds (211-mile), with stations planned at:

  • East Midlands (Derby/Nottingham)
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Piccadilly (city centre)

HS2 will be integrated with the existing national railway network, meaning cities and towns beyond the high speed track up to Scotland – including Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Preston, Warrington, Lancaster, Carlisle, Durham and Darlington – will also benefit from new connections and substantial time savings due to new trains able to use both high speed and conventional railway lines.

The station at Crewe will reduce journey times for surrounding areas.  In particular, an hour could be cut from current Shrewsbury to London journey times (2 hours 40 mins down to 1 hour 40mins) by changing at Crewe rather than Birmingham.

Opening 2032

Journey times (from Birmingham) phase two:

London – 45 minutes

Manchester – 41 minutes

Manchester Airport – 32 minutes

Glasgow – 3h22m

Edinburgh – 3h14m

East Midlands – 19 minutes

Sheffield – 38 minutes

Leeds – 57 minutes

Newcastle – 2h7m

A following post will deal with frequency of services

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