Published: 10 November 2023

You will no doubt be aware that on 4 October 2023, the Prime Minister announced that the Government proposes to deliver a broad range of transport initiatives in place of investing in Phase Two of HS2. In line with the announcement, HS2 Ltd is not undertaking any ‘new’ work to progress plans for Phase 2a of the project and is currently working with Government to agree the next steps.


At this point in time, we have no further information about lifting safeguarding, sale of land and property acquired by HS2 Ltd or the future of land on which new habitats have been created.


There are locations along the Phase 2a route where our supply chain will still be carrying out work which is needed either to finish work on an existing site, for the ongoing maintenance of a site, or for health, safety and security reasons. Ahead of this work taking place, we will continue to let those who may be affected know through Advanced Works Notifications and through updates to our dedicated local community webpages at www.hs2.org.uk/in-your-area.


We have taken steps to close the various funding streams which were available on Phase 2a, such as the community and business funds (CEF and BLEF) and the Biodiversity Investment Fund. Groups and organisations who have submitted applications for funds but have yet to receive an outcome have been contacted by Groundwork to update them on this decision.