National Cycleway associated with HS2 Feasibility of a legacy cycle network linking communities within the HS2 corridor

Royal Haskoning DHV, Department for Transport
Publication date: 
February 2016

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In July 2013 the Prime Minister’s first ever cycling vision announced a study looking at the feasibility of transforming local cycle networks and creating a linear cycleway along the HS2 corridor.

This report sets outs the main findings following two years of dialogue with local highway authorities (LHAs) and other interested parties along the route. At the outset a route directly alongside the whole of the HS2 railway was considered but quickly ruled out because HS2 avoids settlements between major cities. A study area was therefore identified that consisted broadly of a three-mile corridor either side of the new railway. Such a corridor would be relatively flat and includes many settlements close together that would maximise cycling demand.