The HS2 project will add much-needed additional track capacity to the north – south routes of our railway system, creating opportunities to improve the frequency and reliability of services for towns and cities, both on and off the HS2 network.

  • Phase One of HS2, due to open in 2026, will see a new high speed line constructed from Euston to north of Birmingham, where it will re-join the existing West Coast Main Line.
  • Phase Two of the project will take trains onwards from the West Midlands to Crewe by 2027 and then to Manchester, the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Leeds by 2033.

High Speed Rail Industry Leaders is holding a conference at the Think Tank, Birmingham Science Museum on Thursday 22 June 2017. Chaired by broadcaster Steph McGovern, the conference will offer the opportunity to discuss the regional economic benefits of Phase 2a and 2b of the HS2 project and to consider high speed rail as a key component of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy.

Through a programme of keynote addresses and panel discussions, the event will consider how Phase 2 will support improved opportunities for business, suppliers and commuters, and create a lasting legacy for jobs, skills and growth. Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

  • Andrew Jones MP, Transport Minister at the Department for Transport
  • Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Dyan Crowther, CEO, High Speed 1
  • Anna Ince, CEO, Resonate
  • Jim Steer, Director, Greengauge 21

To request an invitation to the conference please contact: