HS2 railway

The Government is planning to build a new railway between London and Birmingham, called High Speed 2. The construction of the railway will seriously affect the people, businesses and natural environment in Three Rivers District, just south of Maple Cross and near to West Hyde.

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017 gave powers to a government body, HS2 Ltd, to build a new railway that will cross part of the Three Rivers District.

This will seriously and permanently change the local landscape. The works will also cause disruption and reduce local quality of life during the construction stage, which is expected to last for many years.

You can see some of the official plans here:

Proposed scheme plan (pdf)
Construction works plan (pdf)
Definitions, legal notices and disclaimers (pdf)

Three Rivers District Council responded strongly to the proposed railway by publishing its concerns and formally asking Parliament for improvements to the way it would be built.

The Council set out concerns about the likely visual effects of the proposed embankments and the traffic and pollution impacts that could be caused by the large, semi-permanent construction compounds, as well as numerous other areas of concern on potential harm to the local area, local people and businesses.

For information on any aspect of the proposed railway, you can visit the HS2 website at or contact HS2 Ltd at: 
HS2 Email address:
HS2 Telephone number: 08081 434 434

If you would like to know about the actions that the District Council is taking in response to the proposals, or if you need help to understand the proposals, you are welcome to contact the Economic & Sustainable Development team at 01923 776611 or email

Construction work updates:

Current information