Selling HS2 - Delivering a return on Government's investment

The Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond recently confirmed that it is the UK government's intention to sell High Speed 2 (HS2) once built.

HS2 is the proposed 175km line from London to the West Midlands. The anticipated construction cost is £13.9bn. When operations commence in 2026 it will allow speeds in excess of 200 mph and a journey time from London to Birmingham of 49 minutes.

This paper provides a high level illustration of the potential proceeds from a sale of HS2 and to outline some key actions to achieve best value from a sale.