Cheshire East’s HS2 Masterplan due to be unveiled later this month
Cheshire East Council’s draft Crewe HS2 plan will be going out to consultation later this month.
The plan with outine how the town can maximise the impact of the HS2 hub station by building additional commercial space and 7,000 additional homes by 2043. The plan will provide a strategic framework, showing how current regeneration plans for Crewe can be improved through development, investment and infrastructure.
If the plan is approved it will be used to develop more details proposals that focus on developing the town centre and areas around the station.
In line with the Government’s plan to deliver improve high speed, direct services to Manchester, Birmingham and London.
Cheshire East Council leader, Cllr Rachel Bailey, said: “The arrival of HS2 at Crewe by 2027 provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver nationally significant transformational economic growth and regeneration – not only to Crewe, but the whole of the sub-region.
“An enhanced Crewe hub station would be the catalyst to deliver this growth, jobs and investment opportunities for Crewe and our partner councils and LEPs in the Constellation Partnership and the wider Midlands and North Wales regions.
“A fully-connected HS2 Crewe hub is a key aim of this council in order to maximise the enormous economic benefits this project will deliver to the whole sub-region and beyond. It reflects a plan-led approach to growth for Cheshire East and our partners.
“But Crewe needs to be HS2 ready. These huge potential benefits can only be delivered with the right masterplan framework in place for Crewe before the arrival of HS2. That is why we have produced this draft masterplan vision document which will undergo full public consultation.
“I would also reiterate that we wish to see the highest standards of mitigation and compensation for those people and businesses affected by the HS2 route.
“We will continue to press for a strategic hub station at Crewe, served by increased HS2 services to and from London, Birmingham and Manchester, that will benefit from the station’s unrivalled 360-degree connectivity. In this way the economic benefits could then reach far beyond the traditional political and regional boundaries.”
There will be a six week consultation period launched which will be the first phase of the consultation process. The plan will also be shared with key stakeholder groups for feedback and comments.