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Preffered Route for Phase Two of HS2

November 18, 2016

The preferred route for the second phase of a high-speed rail route connecting northern England with London has been revealed. The £56bn project, referred to as High Speed 2 (HS2), will include new stations, bottleneck removals, and track improvements. This will allow high-speed trains to serve many more communities with fast, frequent and dependable service.

The project is being implemented using the phased network approach. Each part of the project will provide immediate benefits while also serving as a building block towards an enhanced passenger rail network.

Phase one will connect London to Birmingham and will function as a high-volume trunk line for high-speed trains, that will bring all the cities and communities north of London significantly closer. The second phase will continue the high-speed line from Birmingham, forming a Y shape that will connect to Manchester and Leeds.

HS2 is expected to more than triple peak hour capacity for intercity train seats and free up space for increased frequencies on existing commuter lines. It will also drastically cut travel times between eight of the UK’s ten largest cities and the benefits will extend well beyond the initial high-speed route. The high-speed trains will be capable of taking conventional tracks as far as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The bill is expected to pass Parliament by the end of the year, allowing construction for phase one to begin next year. HS2is a transformational project that has the ability to change how people travel in the UK. We are meeting with local officials and stakeholders in the Midwest to build a coalition capable of requesting a similar type of investment in passenger rail and the future of the Midwest.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

We hosted a brown bag lunch with Skidmore Owings & Merril, Senior Designer Robert Bracken. Mr. Bracken shared the results of a class he taught regarding station designs for a Chicago Detroit-Toronto high-speed rail line. The station designs focused on how best to bring economic and community benefits to the surrounding areas.

Stations are the most visible part of the transformational effects associated with high-speed rail and his students took concepts from around the world to show how high-speed rail stations could transform cities like Chicago, Gary, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Toronto. Retail opportunities, transit connections, public spaces and capturing the spirit of the city were among the station design ideas that were explored.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Even If You Never Get on a Train, You Will Feel the Benefits on HS2
“HS2 is a project that will benefit our country, our children and grandchildren for decades. Today’s announcement of the route HS2 will take to the North is evidence that this Government is planning for our future outside the EU, investing in world- class infrastructure, and giving our country transport networks to compete with the rest of the world.”

Many Transit-Rail Initiatives Win Local Ballots
"Several U.S. communities on election day approved a variety of sweeping passenger-rail initiatives, including a $120 billion transit plan in Los Angeles County."

Track-Laying Begins on Denmark’s First High-Speed Railway
"A 300m-long construction train has begun laying the track for a 60km high-speed railway between the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Ringsted via Køge."

HSR Authority Wants OK to Buy Overseas
"The California High Speed Rail Authority is requesting waivers of the Buy America rule from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), stating there is no US supplier for the high-speed trainsets they need."

Upcoming Events:

2017 MHSRA Annual Meeting

When: Saturday April 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm (Check in will start at 8:30am)

Where: Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654

Cost: Single Ticket: $60.00
    Student Ticket: $20.00
    *Cost includes lunch

Register Here

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625