HS2 updates

All the news about HS2 in Warwickshire

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.


1. Notice is given of significant impact on residents of Southam and surrounding villages due to road closures near to the Long Itchington Wood tunnel due to the installation of an electricity supply for the machine to bore the tunnel.   The roads affected include the B4552 outside Harbury, Bascote Heath village and a section of the Welsh Road.    From 10 July the Ufton Road from Harbury to the A425 will be closed for 6 weeks.  Access to businesses and householders will be maintained but cyclists and pedestrians will be refused entry.

2.  From 18 August for 6 weeks the Ashow Road B4115 will have two-way traffic lights in operation between 8.00am – 6.00pm.  


Drop in sessions at Offchurch, Cubbington, Hampton in Arden, Burton Green, Harbury, Stoneleigh, Weston under Wetherley and Kenilworth are being held during September and October.  Visit this page for full details.



Download the latest Spring 2019 newsletter from HS2 south Warwickshire region.  In this edition:

  • Work in your area
  • Long Itchington tunnel works
  • Drop in events 

Click here to read information for farmers and growers affected by HS2 construction.


HS2 Woodland Fund

The Woodland Fund is open to applications from landowners located within 25 miles of the Phase One route of the high speed railway.  The fund aims to help local landowners create new native, broad leaf woodlands, especially where they connect or expand existing ancient woodland or connect semi-natural open habitats. It also provides financial support for the tree planting and associated items needed to protect them – this includes fencing and gates, as well natural flood management items.

To find out more about the Woodland Fund and how to apply you can visit the Forestry Commission website by clicking here

Countdown to delivery of first trains for testing









Response to consultation

You can read Warwickshire County Council’s response to the HS2 Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement consultation here.


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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