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.

Route Announcement - July 2017

The Government have now confirmed the high speed rail lines between Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands

For full details visit www.gov.uk/government/news/huge-economic-boost-for-the-north-of-england-as-transport-secretary-confirms-hs2-routes

Public Information Events 2018

HS2 Limited will be holding two information events to update the public on the latest developments which include proposals for the location of construction sites, infrastructure associated with the railway, environmental assessment work, etc.

Events taking place in Leicestershire are:-

Monday 18th June 2018 - 2pm till 8pm - Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth
Thursday 12th July 2018 - 2pm till 8pm - Measham Leisure Centre, Measham

To view additional events taking place outside the County and further information, visit the HS2 Public Information Events PDF.

Further events are likely to take place in September 2018.

Careers & Teaching Aids

HS2 Ltd have developed a dedicated website providing information about careers, jobs and skills, extra courses at Birmingham, teaching resources etc


Rail Strategy for Leicester & Leicestershire

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 was submitted to Cabinet in 2017 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, open the Rail Strategy for Leicester and Leicestershire PDF.

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.

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 within the Agenda for Cabinet 15th January 2014.

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: