Facts about HS2 and its effects on Cubbington

Photo of HS1 by Shirley Judges.

Photo of HS1 by Shirley Judges.


Nearest station: Birmingham Interchange (near Airport/NEC). Destination: London Euston or Old Oak Common, West London (interchange for Heathrow).

Closest road in Cubbington village to proposed HS2 line: Thorn Stile Close, 545 yards (500 metres). Others outside the village will also be close to the line. See the HS2 Ltd map

  • Two tracks, two concrete zones, service roads, viaducts, large earthworks, fences and overhead gantries for cables.
  • Deepest point of Cubbington cutting: 40 ft (12m). Greatest width: 330 ft. (100 m.)
  • Trains running at 225 mph initially, 250 mph in future.
  • Up to 1100 passengers per train; trains running 5 am – midnight.
  • 20 trains per hour (eventually 36) in both directions.
  • Length of each train: up to a quarter of a mile.
  • Budget for London-West Midlands section (Phase 1) is £24.3bn, excluding rolling stock (2015 prices). Budget for the full system London-Manchester-Leeds on the same basis is £48.7bn, rising to £55.7bn if rolling stock costs are included. A recent estimate by an independent expert puts the cost of Phase 1 at £51.23bn (excluding rolling stock).
  • Visual impact of embankment + 200m. viaduct across unspoilt river Leam valley.
  • Many residents will experience noise nuisance 19 hours a day as high speed trains are much noisier than conventional ones, more like aircraft on rails.
  • Disruption to local communities and traffic during building work: up to 7 years.
  • Destruction: much of South Cubbington Wood, peaceful countryside, footpaths and wildlife.
  • Our 200 year old champion Wild Pear Tree will be axed.