Transport & tourism

High Speed Rail 2

The Government is developing a new national high speed rail network (HS2) connecting England and Scotland, the most significant transport infrastructure project in the UK since the building of the motorways.

Read the latest: 25 November - HS2 has its first reading in House of Commons.

Our view on HS2

With the high speed trains of HS2 set to pass through historic landscapes, tranquil countryside and hundreds of homes near Aylesbury, what are we doing about it?

Our response to the Environment Statement

Our response to the HS2 phase one Environmental Statement.

Vision for HS2 around Aylesbury

Proposals for an improved design for HS2 around Aylesbury, if it goes ahead, have been revealed. Whilst being neutral over the principle of HS2, we oppose the specific proposed route in the Aylesbury area and through the Chilterns AONB.

Ecology Technical Group

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About the group

Information about the group aiming to achieve the best possible outcome of HS2 for ecology.

Ecology Technical Group

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Response to proposals

The final response from the HS2 Ecology Technical Group on how the HS2 proposals will impact nature.

Our response to phase two route

Our consultation response to the preferred route of phase two of the rail link, (which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester), provides an in-depth assessment of the impact at each Trust place affected and a commentary on some of the methodologies used by HS2 Ltd to assess impacts.

The High Speed 2 timeline

Follow our timeline of the key dates surrounding the Government's proposed High Speed 2 rail link to London.

Useful resources

  • FAQs

    Answers to some of the most common questions that we are asked about the HS2 project.

  • Environmental impact

    Our response to the Environmental Impact Assessment consultation.

  • Plan comparison

    Our vision: A direct comparison with published HS2 Ltd plans.

Our views: No go Heathrow

The quality of some of the most precious green spaces across large areas of London and the South East will be under threat if the Government's proposals to expand Heathrow Airport proceed.

Our role in the future of tourism

We work closely both operationally and on influencing policy with VisitBritain and the different agencies responsible for tourism in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the regional and local tourism organisations

Case study: Returning Hindhead Common

2011 marked the end of a 20-year project to improve the road link between London and the south coast. Following completion of a new tunnel to bypass a notorious traffic bottle neck in the Surrey village of Hindhead, the old A3 has now officially been 'returned to nature'.