Revised HS2 second-phase route revealed following public feedback

A REVISED route for the second phase of the construction of the high-speed line HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester has been revealed by the Department for Transport.

This preferred route follows consultations over the original line and further refinements as a result of public feedback.

The DfT has also reiterated the need for HS2, with figures for Virgin West Coast services showing a rise of 24% from 2011 to 35.7million, and London Midland catering for 69.6m annual passenger journeys.

Since 1994, the number of London to Manchester services has risen from 17 to 48, and the DfT claim if nothing is done, overcrowding would become a serious concern by 2033.

There are seven refinements, four on the eastern leg to Leeds, three on the western route to Manchester.

Read more in December’s issue of The RM

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