High Speed 2 plans published

The Parliamentary bill that paves the way for the HS2 high speed rail link has been published. The transport route is set to cost £50 billion and must overcome opposition from those who are set to live on or near the route.

Massive new Thames Valley interchange for High Speed 2 (HS2) revealed as the bill for the rail route is published

Artist impression of the new giant rail interchange at Old Oak Common Credit: HS2

The Bill that will allow HS2 to go ahead has just been published. It confirms the route will go near Wendover, Aylesbury and north of Bicester and Banbury. It gives exact details of the scheme and is 55,000 pages long.

MP's will now consider the detals of the £42 billion project and local peple will be able to raise objections.The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, said:

"This is a significant step forward in the Government’s strategy for a high speed rail network that will address the critical capacity constraints that we face and improve connectivity between our great cities."

The Bill includes the powers necessary to construct and operate Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands. Alongside the Bill I will also be publishing several other related documents.

Today's HS2 Bill reveals full details of a massive new interchange that will benefit the Thames Valley. Built at Old Oak Common, on the Great Western line, it will connect the new HS2 scheme with Great Western services from towns like Newbury and Reading, Crossrail trains from Maidenhead.

A new image showing how HS2 will look at Wendover published in the HS2 Bill today. Credit: HS2

The Heathrow Express and have a link to the Channel Tunnel. It will mean people going to Europe will be able to change trains at the new station or take a high speed service to Manchester, Liverpool or Leeds. It will be the biggest interchange in the country

Artist impression of the Old Oak Common interchange Credit: HS2

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