HS2 is a planned high speed railway in the United Kingdom, with its first phase under construction and future stages awaiting approval. HS2 will be the second major high-speed rail line in Britain; the first is High Speed 1 (HS1), which connects London to the Channel Tunnel and was opened in the mid-2000s. Upon completion, the railway will link London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds with a new "Y"-shaped network of track with a design speed of 360 km/h (225 mph).
High Speed 2 will provide upgrades to the terminal stations of London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly and Leeds, whereas Birmingham will be served by a new terminus known as Birmingham Curzon Street. Phase 1 will create a new high speed line between London and Birmingham, and Phase 2 will create two branch lines from Birmingham north either side of the Pennines. Once completed, sixteen trains per hour are planned to use the line either wholly or in part.
We’ve all got friends and relations living in these areas and so the Gateway College in Newcastle, in Partnership with the Community Trust, are training 24 men to help get that Project underway. We have had 3 local residents successfully undertake this course in other venues. We can all work together to get people into work, improve communications and keep the country running. Well done everyone!