What is HS2?

HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It is the most important piece of transport infrastructure to be built in generations.

HS2 is shaped like a ‘Y’ and is split into two phases: Phase 1 will link London with Birmingham and Phase Two connects Birmingham with Leeds (the Eastern Leg) and Manchester (the Western Leg).

The true value of HS2 is its ability to connect more people, places and businesses more efficiently. It is not just a fast train to London – and the full national benefit can only be realised once Phase 2 – our phase of the route – is completed.

What is HS2 East?

HS2 East is a campaign backed by those who want to see their local and regional economies prosper – bringing more jobs and opportunities.

We represent many of the UK’s ‘powerhouse’ cities and industrial heartlands - Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and the West Yorkshire cities of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield – and also important emerging rural economies where excellent transport links are an increasingly vital component in future growth and success. Combined the HS2 East region is home for more than 12 million people.

The benefits of HS2 should not be restricted to those places where it will stop. You will not have to travel on the high speed network to benefit from it – it can bring positive change throughout the whole HS2 East region.

It will be successful when it:

  • Improves connectivity by unlocking investment for vital local public transport that links towns, cities and villages as part of a wider network
  • Creates jobs by enabling businesses throughout the region to become more productive, work more efficiently through the supply chain, and attract the best quality workforce
  • Gives everyone – from individuals and sole traders to large corporations - more stability by expanding their markets and giving them the confidence to invest in long-term growth

What do we want to achieve and why?

The project needs the backing of Parliament before construction can start. The Government Bill to advance Phase 2 is expected to come to Parliament in 2017. Construction of Phase 1 is due to begin in 2017 and the government is aiming for the entire HS2 network to be completed by 2033. We are committed to making sure the timetable for this crucial project stays on track and that Phase 2 of HS2 is delivered in full.

We want to:

Our mission is to work with the government, businesses and other organisations to make the case for the Eastern Leg of HS2 to ensure the 12 million people living in our region have the chance to benefit from this historic opportunity.

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