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HS2’s purpose is to create a world class high speed rail network to support sustainable growth in the UK. It is a major opportunity to provide greater choice in the way we travel to help deliver a sustainable transport system for the UK.

Our vision is of a high speed railway network which changes the mode of choice for inter-city journeys, reinvigorates the rail network, supports the economy, creates jobs, reduces carbon emissions and provides reliable travel in a changing climate throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Our Sustainability policy sets out HS2 Ltd’s commitment to be an exemplar project. Building this network will inevitably cause some local effects on communities, the natural and the built environment. We will strive to limit the negative impacts through design, mitigation and by challenging industry standards and we will look for environmental enhancements and benefits.