Key Dates

Spring 2012 - Government receives HS2 Ltd advice on phase 2 route options

Spring 2012 - Engagement programme along phase 1 route on Environmental Impact Assessment issues

After Summer recess in September 2012 - Consultation with statutory bodies on the safeguarding zone for phase 1

After Summer recess in September 2012 - Public consultation on Property compensation proposals

Autumn 2012 - Engagement programme on phase 2 preferred route, to discuss local views and concerns

Spring 2013 - Consultation on draft Environmental Statement for phase 1 including design refinements

End of 2013 - Introduction of a hybrid bill to provide necessary powers to construct and operate phase 1 of the railway

Early 2014 - Consultation on preferred route for phase 2

Late 2014 - Government’s announcement of the chosen route for phase 2

2015 - Target date for Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill, containing legal powers to construct HS2

2017 – 2025 - Construction period (starts and ends at different times and at different points along the route)

2024 – 2026 - Commissioning and testing

2026 - Phase 1 line opens to passengers


Timescale for HS2 as outlined by the Department for Transport. You can read more here.