The Y Indicative Route is based on
- Detailed description of the Y given in ‘High Level Assessment of the Wider Network Options – Reverse S and Y Networks’, HS2 Ltd (autumn 2010). This can be downloaded here.
- ‘Indicative map’ on Page 9 of ‘Economic Case for HS2’, DfT February 2011.
- ‘Indicative map’ on Page 62 of ‘High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future – Consultation’, DfT February 2011.
- Statement on page 63 of ‘High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future – Consultation’, DfT February 2011 – to indicate possible stations.
This gives the following information:
- The Birmingham to Leeds section begins by “heading north east from the West Midlands, Coleshill area…”
- Then it could “broadly follow the M42 motorway and A42″.
- There may be “an interchange close to East Midlands Airport or a well connected station facility for the Nottingham and Derby area, with Leicester being further away to the South East.” (But HS2 doesn’t commit itself to a station in the area).
- “Northwards the corridor could follow the existing M1 motorway though the natural topography would make this more challenging.”
- “Heading towards South Yorkshire, the route would become more complicated as there are no direct transport corridors to follow.”
- According to the HS2 Ltd document, the route has a total of 103 miles to the centre of Leeds (with 69 miles through “rural flat”, 21 miles rural hills, urban 8 miles and 5 miles in “short” tunnels).
- The Birmingham to Manchester section starts from Lichfield.
- It heads in a “north westerly direction broadly towards Stafford and Stoke on Trent”.
- HS2 Ltd refer to the route approaching “Manchester Airport, offering opportunities to pick up an interchange”.
- Between Lichfield and SW Manchester, HS2 Ltd say it will be 59 miles (28m rural flat, 30m rural hills and 1 m of tunnel). There will be 11 more miles to central Manchester, of which 5 miles in urban areas and 6 miles in tunnels.
People who want the Government to spend £33 billion on HS2 have tried to dismiss this route as “a child like scribble” or “pure speculation”. As you can see, however, it is based on information in different documents produced by HS2 and the Department for Transport.