The decision by transport secretary Justine Greening to go ahead with the High Speed 2 scheme with some modifications to the route is the latest step forward for the mega-rail scheme.
It is the third detailed design iteration in two years by three transport secretaries. The key principles remain the same — for a little over £30bn the government hopes to build a new high speed railway serving London and Birmingham in phase one and eventually further north to Manchester and Leeds, along with intermediate stations.
However, the scheme has evolved. In this guide NCE brings together the key features of the plans — new and old — along with the key resources from video through to the primary technical reports.
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NCE’s coverage surrounding Labour’s transport secretary Lord Adonis in March 2010
- The new plan is revealed
- The Tories attack Adonis plan for lack of ambition
- Euston is identified as London HS2 hub…
- …Following work by architect Sir Terry Farrell on its regeneration potential
- A detailed analysis of the Labour plan
Following the coalition government’s formation new Tory transport secretary Philip Hammond reveals his version of the scheme in December 2010
- Hammond drops Tory-favoured Heathrow Hub option
- Experts warn 2015 construction start is ambitious
- MPs raise questions over HS2 fares
Hammond moves on and new transport secretary Justine Greening hesitates to look again at environmental mitigation before revealing the modified scheme in January 2012
- Chief engineer says HS2 is for the masses
- The Greening plan is revealed…
- …But the economic case weakens
- The scheme promoter seeks development partner