High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) Phase 1, 2A & 2B

The new national high speed rail network (HS2) connecting London to Birmingham, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester is the most significant transport infrastructure project in the UK since the building of the motorways.

View over the lake towards the west front of the house at Claydon, Buckinghamshire.

Overview of High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) Phase 1, 2A & 2B 

We’re working to ensure that special places, including those in our care for the nation to enjoy, receive adequate protection from the HS2 railway that is planned to connect London, Birmingham, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester.

Hardwick Hall viewed from the herb garden

Special places impacted by HS2 

As the proposed route for HS2 travels up the country there are 13 of our special places which we are particularly concerned about.

View across the Great Pond towards Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Our response to major Phase 2b HS2 consultation 

We remain concerned about the impact of HS2 on special places and have responded to a recent consultation.

A view across the lake to Shugborough Hall

More success in HS2 negotiations for our places 

HS2 Ltd have committed to a £1.5 million fund for environmental enhancements in special places in Staffordshire affected by the proposed railway line.

Cattle in the parkland at Nostell Priory

Our response to HS2 Phase 2b route refinement 

Our consultation response to the route refinement of Phase 2b of the rail link outlines some concerns we have about the impact of HS2 on our places.

Aerial view of Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

Our view on HS2 Phase 2B route changes 

Find out about how HS2 Phase 2B route changes will impact on our special places.

Hartwell and Aylesbury

Success in HS2 negotiations for our places 

We are neither for nor against High Speed 2 but like many other people we are concerned about the potential impacts of Phase 1 of HS2, particularly where it passes close to the places that we look after in Buckinghamshire for the nation.

Aerial image of the Shugborough Estate

Assessing the environmental impacts of HS2 

We're continuing to monitor the impact that HS2 will have around the special places within our care. Our response to the latest consultation from HS2 Ltd urges them to further consider the historic natural environment.

Looking west across the park at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Our response to Phase 2 route 

​Our consultation response to the preferred route of Phase 2 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.

Geese in flight in the parkland at Claydon Buckinghamshire

HS2 Ecology Technical Group 

We have taken on an active role in the Ecology Technical Group, which exists to engage, consult and share information on HS2 in order to achieve the best possible outcome for ecology.