360 km/h (225 mph) maximum, but 330 km/h (205 mph) routinely. [150] Another camp was set up in March 2020 at Jones Hill Wood in Buckinghamshire, aiming to preserve a wood which inspired Roald Dahl to write Fantastic Mr Fox. On 21 August 2019, the Department for Transport (DfT) ordered an independent review of the highly controversial project, chaired by the British civil engineer Douglas Oakervee. [230] The route was changed so as to tunnel underneath the southern end of the Chilterns, with the line emerging northwest of Amersham. [82] In June 2019, HS2 Ltd published a document stating that NPR will branch into HS2 at High Legh in Cheshire. [168] It has been reported that these longer trains would have approximately 1,100 seats with Andrew McNaughton, technical director of HS2, stating "family areas will alleviate the stress of parents worried that their children are annoying other passengers who are maybe trying to work. The line then enters a 9.8-mile (15.8 km) tunnel under the Chiltern Hills to emerge near South Heath, northwest of Amersham. [225] In June 2020, it organised a "Rebel Trail" with Extinction Rebellion, which was a protest march of 125 miles from Birmingham to London, stopping at camps in Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and London. wider and taller trains built to a European loading gauge, which would be confined to the high-speed network (including, conventional trains, capable of high speed but built to a British, This page was last edited on 26 January 2021, at 14:31. Opening a year after Phase 1, most of the construction of phase 2a will be in parallel with Phase 1. The station will be an out of town parkway station,[note 1] serving the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. [68][69] Several schemes were considered, and the route finally put forward was a tunnel between Old Oak Common and Chalk Farm, linked to existing conventional lines along the North London Line which would connect to HS1 north of St Pancras. [170] This means the new HS2 stations will have the conventional British platform height of 915mm, as do domestic platforms for Class 395 trains on High Speed 1. [227][238] In England, the term "ancient woodland" refers to areas that have been constantly forested since at least 1600; such areas accommodate a complex and diverse ecology of plants and animals and are recognised as "irreplaceable habitat" by the government. [6], In January 2012 the Secretary of State for Transport announced that HS2 would go ahead in two phases and the legislative process would be achieved through two hybrid bills. Cheaper. The report also emphasises that HS2 should be viewed as the country’s new “railway spine” rather than as a “stand alone scheme”, and that it should connect to other projects such as Midlands Engine Rail (MER) and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). High Speed 2's estimates for intercity rail emissions assume a mix of electric and diesel traction on the intercity network, taking into account current electrification plans. A reduction of 0:36 when compared to Long Eaton. [49], The government also plans to present an Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands by the end of 2020, informed by an assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission, which will consider how to better deliver the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b along with Northern Powerhouse Rail, East Midlands Hub and other rail programmes. [152], HS2 will provide up to 18 trains an hour by 2033 to and from London. 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