HS2 Ltd route engineering studies

  • Route engineering design for a new 400kph high-speed rail line.
  • Assessing options for a high-speed line between London and the West Midlands.
  • Building on experience gained through proposing the High Speed 1 route selected by government in 1991.

HS2 Ltd is the company set up by the UK Secretary of State for Transport to consider the case for new high-speed rail services between London and Scotland. HS2 Ltd appointed Arup for route engineering studies for a possible new high-speed railway line between London and the West Midlands.

The study looked at route alignment options and solutions for the new line. The route is expected to be a 400kph high-speed line which would be designed to international standards.

The scope included investigating over 2,000km of route alignments in around 30 corridors, approximately 25 station location options in inner London, outer London and Birmingham, over ten options for connecting to Heathrow Airport and around ten options for connecting to High Speed 1.

In addition, there has been an assessment of the broad options for extending the line to cities to the north of Birmingham. Arup undertook journey time modelling to provide data for the operational assessments and business case.

HS2 formally reported to the UK Government on the first stage, London to Birmingham, at the end of 2009.

Arup has been a strong advocate of high speed rail, even before our first involvement in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the 1980s. High-speed offers a sustainable, progressive means of managing the economic and environmental cost of road and air travel, as well as offering fast connectivity and a positive passenger experience.

Robert Care, Chair of Arup’s UK-MEA business said: “Arup is proud to have been engaged by HS2 Ltd to help them and the Secretary of State for Transport to develop different options for extending the high speed rail network across the UK. The Department for Transport has now selected a London-West Midlands route for public consultation which would reduce journey times and increase capacity between London, the Midlands and North and we fully support the Government's decision."


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  • High speed train, travelling left to right. Credit HS2 Ltd.

    Studies for a possible new high-speed railway line between London and West Midlands.