High Speed 2 (HS2) will be the UK's new high speed rail network.
As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.
HS2 Ltd is a company wholly owned by the Department for Transport, established in 2009 to develop plans for a new high speed network and present a proposed route connecting Birmingham and London.
In January 2012, following Government review and a public consultation on route proposals to which around 55,000 responses were received, the then Secretary of State for Transport decided to proceed with our recommended route, now known as Phase One. Broader recommendations for a wider "Y" network, linking Birmingham to Manchester, Leeds and points further north via the existing East and West Coast main lines (now known as Phase Two), as well as a spur to Heathrow Airport, were also accepted.
HS2 Ltd is now developing and promoting the delivery of the new high speed rail network. We are currently preparing a hybrid bill to be submitted to Parliament for the proposed line between London and the West Midlands by the end of 2013, which will grant the powers to build and operate Phase One of the route. We are also continuing to develop proposals for the line of route beyond Birmingham.