Phase 1: London to Birmingham
The route would begin at a rebuilt London Euston station and interchange with Crossrail and Heathrow Express in West London. In addition, proposals are being considered for a connection to the High Speed One line to domestic locations south and east of London, the Channel Tunnel and Continental Europe, and potentially a direct HS2 link from the West Midlands to Heathrow Airport, which could go ahead as part of future phase(s) of the project.
The route would continue through several counties to reach a new Birmingham Interchange station next to Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). The route then splits; one link heads west into Birmingham and another links directly to the existing West Coast Main Line to the North.
The route would enter Birmingham at Minworth and run alongside the existing Birmingham to Water Orton railway line as far as Saltley, with the HS2 line to be in a tunnel between Castle Bromwich Business Park and Bromford Gyratory, continuing through Eastside to a new station next to Moor Street station.
Phase two of HS2 would complete the ‘Y’ shaped network from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, with new stations at Toton (serving Derby and Nottingham), Sheffield (Meadowhall), Leeds, Manchester Airport and Manchester city centre.
For more information on both phases, including plans, see the gov.uk HS2 page.