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HS2 route through Cheshire confirmed

By on November 16, 2018

The route of phase 2b of HS2 has now been confirmed by the Government.

Phase 2b is the part of HS2 that will connect Crewe and Manchester, and from the West Midlands to Leeds.

There will be new stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, with a HS2 station at Crewe a “possibility” following consultations on whether the HS2 service should also run to Stoke. There is no additional funding allocated to this project.

Past Manchester and Leeds, HS2 will connect to the local rail network.

Nigel Foster, strategy director for Transport for the North, said: “Today’s announcement is another step forward in ensuring the North will have the rail connectivity and capacity it needs – not just between the North and the South but across and within the North of England.

“Together, Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 Phase 2b will help mobilise the economy of the North by enabling people to move with much more ease between our great economic centres. The investment will also give confidence to the business community and those who want to live and work in the North by improving labour markets and creating more job opportunities.

“We welcome the recognition by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, that Northern Powerhouse Rail would play a vital role in maximising the potential of HS2 and we are continuing to work closely with the Department for Transport, HS2 and Network Rail to ensure these major investments generate the best possible output for the people of the North. This will include identifying before the end of 2017 a set of proposals for how Northern Powerhouse Rail could connect with the HS2 network.”

Adrian Kemp, director at professional services and engineering consultancy WSP in Manchester, commented: “Yesterday’s unveiling of the second phase of the HS2 route is a signal of confidence for the North and reassurance from central Government that the key messages of the Rebalancing Britain report are still high on their agenda. Not only will the region benefit from better connections to London, we will see major economic gains from high-speed links between key northern cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield, and beyond into the East Midlands. The announcement will strengthen the Britain’s future as a knowledge-based economy with enhanced connectivity providing access to human capital, support the creation of thousands of skilled jobs and be the catalyst for inward investment.”

Read the Government’s report on HS2 Phase 2b in full here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-2b-route-decision

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