Department for Transport (UK) released the maps of the government’s initial preferred route in January 2013 for Phase Two of HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester.
The maps published on Department’s website were part of the HS2 Phase Two proposed route consultation that ran from July 2013 to January 2014. The overall route is shown on the two route maps: ‘Route map West Midlands to Leeds’ and ‘Route map West Midlands to Manchester’. The route maps also illustrate how the route has been split into route sections and gives the section reference number for each section.
Phase Two refers to the section of the HS2 route that will be constructed after construction of the Phase One HS2 route between London and the West Midlands have started.
This section of HS2 forms a ‘Y’ shape from the West Midlands up towards Manchester and the North West with a proposed station at Manchester Airport; and up towards Leeds and the North East with proposed stations in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
It is anticipated that Phase Two of HS2 will begin operating trains around 2033 as part of the integrated HS2 network and with the rest of the UK rail network.