HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

HS2: Route through Sheffield to be announced by ministers

The final route of the Manchester and Leeds branch of HS2 will be announced later, including a decision over its path through Sheffield.

Contracts worth ?6.6bn will also be awarded for work on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham.

The transport secretary said HS2 would "drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands".

But critics say the project will damage the environment and is too expensive.

The first trains are not expected to run until 2026.


The decision over its route through the North of England has been delayed for several years due to a series of disagreements, the most controversial of which has been which route it should take through Sheffield.

Parliament granted powers to build the first phase of the line between London and Birmingham in February.

Preparatory work has begun and major construction work is due to start in 2018/19. It is due to open in December 2026.

A Bill to deliver Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will soon be published by Mr Grayling. Services on this section are due to begin in 2027.

Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds, is due to open in 2033.



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