High speed rail (HS2)

High speed rail (HS2) is a project run by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Following a consultation by the DfT, the Government has decided to proceed with the development of a new high speed rail network in the UK, with a first phase between London and the West Midlands, and a second phase from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester.

Further information is available on the Government HS2 Website.

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 23rd February 2017.

The Health and Safety Executive is the enforcing authority for the majority of activities related to the construction works associated with HS2.

ORR’s engagement with the project will address how it is designed to deliver safety in operation, as well as working to ensure integration into the UK rail network.