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This blog publicised the public consultation, which ran February to July 2011

Engineering factsheets

Released capacity on the West Coast Main LineMore information about the HS2 consultation. Engineering factsheets include:

  • Construction Timetable
  • Creating Jobs
  • HS2 Costs
  • HS2 Railway Cross-section
  • HS2 Technical Specification
  • Interoperability – International Standards for High Speed Rail
  • Maintaining a safe, reliable network
  • Powering HS2
  • Released Capacity on the Wider Rail Network
  • Roads and Rights of Way
  • Safety and Security
  • Serving the Continent
  • Telecommunications for HS2

Read the factsheet introductions, and access the full factsheets using the links below.

Construction Timetable

Find out here about the potential construction timetable for our proposed route, including:

• the key stages of a railway construction project; and
• the proposed timescales.

Construction timetable factsheet – view PDF online
Construction timetable factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Creating Jobs

Find out here about the new job opportunities that constructing and operating HS2 would create. We estimate that HS2 (London to West Midlands) could support the creation of around 40,000 jobs. Of these, 9,500 would be construction jobs, 1,500 would be jobs in operation and maintenance and around 30,000 jobs could be generated around the HS2 stations.

Creating jobs factsheet – view PDF online
Creating jobs factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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HS2 Costs

Find out here about the costs of building, maintaining and operating HS2 (London to West Midlands), including:

• the costs of building, operating and maintaining HS2 (London to West Midlands);
• plans to minimise costs and avoid cost escalation.

HS2 costs factsheet – view PDF online
HS2 costs factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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HS2 Railway Cross-section

Find out here about the width and composition of the HS2 railway crosssection and how it could vary, including:

• what would the typical cross-section look like; and
• what factors can affect the width of the railway.

HS2 railway cross-section factsheet – view PDF online
HS2 railway cross-section factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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HS2 Technical Specification

Find out here about the basic technical features of HS2’s infrastructure, including:

• the guiding principles we used to develop our technical proposals for HS2;
• the key requirements for HS2 infrastructure, including speed and capacity;  and
• other characteristics for a high speed railway

HS2 technical specification factsheet – view PDF online
HS2  technical specification factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Interoperability – International Standards for High Speed Rail

Find out here about how we have designed the high speed line to meet international standards for ‘interoperability’ including:

• what interoperability means; and
• how it would beneit HS2

Interoperability factsheet – view PDF online
Interoperability factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Maintaining a safe, reliable network

Find out here about maintenance of the proposed high speed route, including:

• the maintenance plan for HS2 (London to West Midlands); and
• the impact on the railway and its neighbours.

The proposed high speed railway between London and the West Midlands would be an intensely used piece of infrastructure. It would need to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis, ensuring the highest standards of safe operation and reliability.

Maintaining a safe, reliable network factsheet – view PDF online
Maintaining a safe, reliable network factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Powering HS2

Find out here about the electrical power infrastructure that would be required to support the operation of a high speed line, including:

• why we would need an electrical power supply to operate a High Speed Line; and
• what the equipment would look like.

Powering HS2 factsheet – view PDF online
Powering HS2 factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Released Capacity on the Wider Rail Network

Find out here about how HS2 (London to West Midlands) would release capacity on the existing rail network, including:

• what we mean by “railway capacity”;
• how the opening of HS2 (London to West Midlands) would affect the West Coast Main Line and the Rugby to Birmingham line; and
• how capacity released by opening of HS2 might be used.

Released capacity factsheet – view PDF online
Released capacity factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Roads and Rights of Way

Find out here about the potential impact of the proposed HS2 (London to West Midlands) route upon the local road network, including:

• a description of how HS2 (London to West Midlands) would affect the local road network; and
• how construction trafic would affect local roads.

Roads and rights of way factsheet – view PDF online
Roads and rights of way factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Safety and Security

Find out here about how we would ensure a safe and secure railway, including:

• protecting HS2 from hazards;
• safety in tunnels;
• security measures;
• security at stations; and
• maintenance.

Safety and security factsheet – view PDF online
Safety and security factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Serving the Continent

Find out here about how the recommended route could be connected to the existing UK high speed line to mainland Europe, including:

• the travel opportunities created by linking the two high speed lines;
• the proposed link for joining the two lines; and
• other proposals considered.

Serving the Continent factsheet – view PDF online
Serving the Continent factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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Telecommunications for HS2

Find out here about the telecommunications infrastructure that would support HS2, including:

• why HS2 needs a telecommunications infrastructure;
• the type of infrastructure needed; and
• where it might be located.

Telecommunications factsheet – view PDF online
Telecommunications factsheet – HS2 consultation website

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