Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has officially opened HS2 Ltd’s new headquarters at 2 Snowhill, by Snow Hill station in central Birmingham.
Up to 1,000 staff will be employed at the new headquarters in Birmingham’s prestigious Colmore Business District. Birmingham will be at the heart of the HS2 network, with new stations at Curzon Street and Birmingham Interchange when the Phase One route opens in 2026.
Connections north to Crewe will open in 2027, with the lines to Leeds and Manchester due to be completed by 2033. The HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill is expected to achieve Royal Assent by December 2016. Construction on the London to Birmingham route is due to start in 2017.