We are leading a consortium of consultancies developing the business case, and preparing forecasts of demand, revenue and economic benefits. These are being used to support the overall scheme and also to help select the best station and route options.
The first phase from London to the West Midlands was approved by the Secretary of State on 10 January 2012. She said it will provide vital infrastructure links which will boost the economy for generations to come. Our advice on the best way of serving different areas is influencing not only transport provision but the shape of future economic development.
We started from existing transport models and developed these to ensure they were adequate to distinguish between different station locations. Many sensitivity tests were undertaken to demonstrate the robustness of the scheme, and the critical issues underpinning the Business Case. We provided clear evidence to support every decision being taken. Our reports are included on the HS2 website.
Our work on HS2 started in July 2010 and is on-going.