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High Speed Two (HS2) is a new high speed railway that will link London to Birmingham and Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds.  Phase One of the project links London with the West Midlands.

Main civils construction work for Phase One is due to commence at the beginning of 2019 and the delivery of the first trains for infrastructure testing will take place in 2024.  The first passengers will travel on HS2 in late 2026.

The construction of the line is likely to cause considerable disruption for Warwickshire residents who either live near the construction works or who travel through the affected areas on a regular basis.   To keep informed of road closures, HS2 drop-in sessions and other updates please visit this page on a regular basis.


Notice is given of significant impact on residents of Southam and surrounding villages due to road closures near to the Long Itchington Wood tunnel.  The machine that will bore the tunnel cannot operate without power and water and so a high-voltage electricity supply will be laid from the nearest sub-station near Harbury.  The power cable has to be buried along existing highways and this work will be undertaken in five phases, each lasting around two months.   The roads affected include the B4552 outside Harbury, Bascote Heath village and a section of the Welsh Road.     Further details will be posted when they are known.



Visit this page again for details of events in 2019.


Download the latest quarterly newsletter from HS2 updates Newsletter N1 south autumn 2018 V2  In this edition:

  • Fosse Way Improvements
  • Compound construction
  • Creating green corridors
  • The Long Itchington wood tunnel


Countdown to mains civil construction works starting









Starting from Monday 15 October HS2 is conducting research with communities along the route of the new railway. This is a telephone survey lasting about ten minutes that will be carried out by Ipsos MORI on their behalf.  The survey will help HS2 to measure how well they are doing against the commitments in their Community Engagement Strategy and feedback will also help them understand where they need improve.


If you have any questions about the new high speed rail, please get in touch with HS2 directly:

24/7 freephone 08081 434 434

Minicom 08081 456 472

Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk


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