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While the precise route of the HS2 high speed rail extension is subject to a consultation, a number of cities and towns are expected to receive new station facilities or improvements to existing ones.
- Manchester - alongside the existing Piccadilly station
- Manchester Airport - interchange by the M56 between Warburton Green and Davenport Green
- East Midlands - at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby and one mile from the M1
- Crewe - dedicated link alongside the high speed line to link up with standard trains - reducing journey times to Liverpool and Glasgow.
- Leeds - at New Lane in the South bank area connected to the main station by walkway
- Sheffield - at Meadowhall shopping centre
The Government has announced that plans to extend the High Speed 2 rail network to Heathrow airport are "subject to the findings of the Airports Commission report".
Sir Howard Davies' review of future airport capacity is not due to give a final report until the summer of 2015.
The Department for Transport announced this morning that "HS2 will connect to Heathrow Airport from the first day that Phase One opens via a fast 11-minute Crossrail link at the new Old Oak Common station."
The second phase of the HS2 high speed rail network is still subject to a consultation, but this is what the government is proposing so far:
- Consultation to start this year
- Final route chosen by end of 2014
- Leeds to London journey time reduced from 1h28m to 41 minutes
- Manchester to London journey time reduced from 1h58m to 58 minutes
- Building could begin around 2025 with the line opening by 2033
Transport Secretary Maria Eagle spoke to ITV Daybreak about the next phase of the HS2 High Speed Rail route, which has just been unveiled.
HS2 was initially introduced by Labour, and Maria Eagle promised that if they were voted in next time, Labour would continue with these plans.
She added that the current Government however, was not moving fast enough: "So far all we've seen from this Government is a botched consultation on the first part to Birmingham, which they may have to re-run."
Details of the second phase of the HS2 high speed rail network linking Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds have been unveiled by the government.
There will be a formal consultation later in the year.
The route for the northern section of the controversial HS2 high speed rail link will be announced today by the Prime Minister.
Speaking to ITV Daybreak, Rail enthusiast Pete Waterman, said the project was good news for millions of people, who were 'more important' than those who oppose HS2, as they stand to lose their homes.
As the Government announces the planned HS2 route north of Birmingham, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the high speed rail line will help to share prosperity in the country between the north and south:
Woodland owners Sarah Walters and Stephen Briggs are concerned about the environmental impact HS2 will have on the countryside:
John Bonner lives in Tamworth and fears the HS2 route will have a damaging impact on his home:
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At a cost of £33 billion, this train line is neither cheap nor very popular with those living along its route.