The original Phase 2 of HS2 from Birmingham to Manchester and to Leeds was subdivided in 2013 into Phase 2a from Fradley to Crewe, and Phase 2b which includes Crewe to Manchester and Wigan plus the eastern leg from Birmingham to Leeds.
The Government’s decision in 2020 was to proceed with Phase 1 and Phase 2a of HS2, from London to Birmingham and via Fradley to Crewe.
Phase 2a will cross the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood on a viaduct right alongside the marina and IWA is represented on the Trent-Sow advisory group which has produced a Design Principles document to help mitigate its construction and operational impacts. The group has also obtained funding from HS2 for environmental enhancement works that are likely to include towpath improvements.
On 30th January 2014, IWA submitted its response to the HS2 high speed rail Phase 2 consultation.
HS2 Phase 2 comprises two further sections of track, beyond those in Phase 1 which proposed a route from London to Birmingham, with a link to the north of Birmingham rejoining the existing West Coast Main Line at Handsacre. This route also proposed two ‘spurs’ to allow future extensions from HS2 to Manchester and Leeds.
IWA posted an initial draft of the reply to the consultation regarding the proposed routes from the West Midlands to Manchester and to Leeds in mid-November 2014.
The reply has been widely discussed with IWA’s own experts, members and with other organisations interested in the scheme including the Ashby, Barnsley Dearne & Dove and Chesterfield Canal Trusts, marina owners and operators, Peel Holdings, and Canal and River Trust.
The response can be downloaded from the IWA website.
In December 2014, IWA also submitted a response to the HS2 Crewe - Fradley Safeguarding Consultation.
Download IWA's HS2 Crewe - Fradley Safeguarding Consultation Response (PDF, 249KB).
On 17th July 2017 the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling introduced the Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill to the House of Commons seeking the powers to construct HS2 from the West Midlands to just south of Crewe and planned to open in 2027. Read IWA's thoughts on the Bill.
The Secretary of State also announced his decision on the outstanding sections of the Phase 2b route to Manchester and Leeds and confirmed a number of changes to the route. (IWA previously responded to consultations on the route in 2016 and 2013.) See IWA's thoughts on the positives and negatives of this latest decision and how the decision connects with our concerns stated in the 2016 consultation response.
IWA's full response to HS2 Phase 2a Consultation (November 2016, 701KB)
IWA's full response to HS2 Phase 2a Design Refinement Consultation (November 2016, 738KB)