HS2 maps

How would High Speed 2 (HS2) be constructed, what would the landscaping look like, how loud would it be and much more.

Latest - maps now include latest data for phase 1 of the route, including visual impact. See here for more information.

This joint project between the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and ITO World is designed to help people learn more about High Speed 2, the proposed high speed railway between London and Manchester / Leeds.

It aims to demonstrate the huge potential of open data and visualisation to:

  • increase public understanding about major infrastructure and the environment,
  • improve public participation in decision-making about HS2, and
  • lead to better planning and design of major infrastructure.

We have created three maps providing detailed information about phase 1, which runs from London to Birmingham, and outline information for phase 2. We will be expanding this site to provide additional maps and a premium service, allowing you to create your own bespoke maps from the data available. Sign up for more information.

These maps use information from a wide range of sources. Engineering information comes from HS2 Ltd themselves, boundaries, topology and building outlines from the Ordnance Survey and environmental information from Natural England. Base mapping is from OpenStreetMap.

Detailed information is only available for phase 1. Detailed design for phase 2 will not commence until the Government makes a decision on the route, following the consultation that ended in January 2014.