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 23 February 2017.
The Health and Safety Executive is the enforcing authority for the majority of activities related to the construction works associated with HS2.
Our 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.
We have consulted on how we propose to take into account the future operation of HS2 when making decisions about access to the existing network.
Publications and updates
- Ability to charge an Investment Recovery Charge (IRC) for HS2 PDF, 634 Kb
Published 22 May 2020
We have engaged with DfT on the prospect of charging an Investment Recovery Charge (IRC) on train operating companies running services on HS2. This is our exchange of letters with DfT on the principles of charging an IRC.