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HS2 - High Speed Rail Developments

Leicestershire Communities is using this page to share information related to the development of High Speed Rail (HS2). Phase 2 of the roll-out of HS2 includes the Birmingham - Leeds stretch which is proposed to pass through Leicestershire.

We will add new information as and when it becomes available.

HS2 Ltd Information Events

Consultation - Proposed change to Phase 2b Route

HS2 Ltd carried out a public consultation to seek views on proposed changes to the Phase 2b route at the beginning of 2017. A copy of Leicestershire County Council's response can be found below.

  • Consultation Response (PDF, 469 Kb)

    Leicestershire County Council's response to HS2 Ltd's consultation which closed on 9th March 2017


The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, has announced his preferred route for the next phase of High Speed Two (HS2). This is the section from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds – known as Phase 2b. In summary the announcement includes:

  • Confirmation of the majority of the Phase 2b route
  • Launch of two consultations:

o A consultation on route refinements – There are changes to the route we proposed in 2013. Where these changes are substantial the Government is seeking views from those affected before taking a decision. The consultation is open now and will run for 16 weeks. This includes a route refinement around Measham and a refinement along the A42 around the East Midlands Airport.

o A consultation on property schemes - We recognise the railway will have a significant impact on property owners and we are committed to providing support for those affected. We are launching a consultation on property compensation and assistance schemes for this part of the route. This will enable residents and other local stakeholders to have their say about the assistance we are proposing for homeowners and businesses affected by plans for HS2. The Government is also launching some interim property assistance schemes which come into effect immediately.

  • Issued Safeguarding Directions - Safeguarding Directions are issued to protect planned infrastructure from conflicting development. The Secretary of State for Transport has issued Safeguarding Directions for the entire Phase 2b route. This includes sections which are subject to consultation. Safeguarding is a normal part of the planning process for major infrastructure projects. Any property owners subject to safeguarding will receive a separate letter with details of what this means.

To support the consultations a number of information events will be held along the route early in the New Year. In the meantime, for further information please see the links below:-

Summary of Announcement

A command paper: HS2 Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds and Beyond


2B Advice documents

Safeguarding Maps

7 refinements on which Department for Transport is consulting


Property Consultation


Leicestershire County Council have been working in partnership with Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to develop a Draft Rail Strategy for the county which includes HS2 (Phase 2) proposals.

Following outcomes of the Strategy and Government announcements in respect of the HS2 Toton Station, a report will be submitted to Cabinet in March seeking to undertake engagement of the Draft Rail Strategy and setting out proposals for the Authority to revise its formal position on the HS2 Eastern Leg.

To view a full copy of the report CLICK HERE

HS2 Resident's Charter

The Government has launched a new Residents’ Charter which sets the standard for communicating with people who live along or near the route of the HS2 route. HS2 Ltd has appointed a residents’ commissioner to ensure that the standards set out in this charter are met.

Proposed route for phase 2 of the High Speed Rail Roll-out announced

The proposed route for the Birmingham to Leeds High Speed Rail line (HS2) passes through North West Leicestershire.
The Government announced its preferred route and the locations of new stations in the West Midlands, north west, East Midlands and Yorkshireon 17th July 2013. This follows the announcement of the initial preferred route on Monday 28 January 2013.

The publication of the 211-mile northern phase two route of HS2 follows the confirmation of HS2’s 140-mile southern phase one route between London and Birmingham, which starts construction in four years and opens to passengers in 13 years. The routes running from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds will open six years after that.

Leicestershire County Council’s Response to HS2 Phase 2 Consultation

As its Cabinet Meeting on 15th January 2014, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet discussed its proposed response to the Government's consultation on HS2 Phase 2 preferred route and stations.

You can view the full report 'High Speed Rail (HS2) Phase 2: West Midlands to Leeds HS2 Consultation: Proposed Response on Implications for Leicestershire'and related appendices on the Leicestershire County Council website Click Here

HS2 Phase Two Route Consultation - Closed 31st January 2014

Information Events

This consultation sought your views on the proposed high speed rail route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond, and on the sustainability impacts. People were invited to provide views on how the potential released capacity generated by HS2 could be used, and on the opportunities to
introduce other utilities along the route.

Hard copies of the consultation document were sent to most libraries and Citizens Advice Bureaux along the route. A leaflet was sent to properties within a 2km corridor around the proposed route to announce the start of consultation.

Information events were taking place along the line of route from mid-October 2013. The information events were an opportunity to pose questions to HS2 Ltd’s staff and find out more about different aspects of the proposal before submitting your response. The events presented the information from the consultation documentation in a range of formats, including local maps, interactive maps and sound demonstrations.

Local information events were:

  • Measham on Wednesday 27th November from 12pm - 8pm at the Measham Leisure Centre
  • Ashby de la Zouch on Thursday 5th December, 12pm - 8pm at the Hood Park Leisure Centre

The events in Measham and Ashby were attended by 203 and 348 people respectively.

Exceptional Hardship Scheme (Phase 2)

You may be able to sell your property to the government at its open market value as if HS2 wasn’t going to be built (known as ‘unblighted’ value) if all of the following apply:
- you live in a property near to the proposed Phase 2 HS2 route
- you haven’t been able to sell your property at its market value because of HS2
- you bought your property before 28 January 2013
- you need to sell your property urgently otherwise would suffer ‘exceptional hardship’, eg you need to move to work

For more information, please follow the link below:

Important Links

Presentations & Other relevant information