HS2 in Cheshire East

The Government proposes a high-speed rail line which links London with Birmingham (phase one) and the West Midlands with Manchester (phase two). Called HS2, it will pass through various parts of Cheshire East.

This Council is wholly supportive of HS2 and believes it reinforces Cheshire East as the best place to live and do business in the North West. The investment in a high-speed rail connection (HS2) will consolidate Cheshire East as one of the most connected areas in the UK and will support existing businesses, inward investment and job creation in and around Crewe.

Phase one of the HS2 high-speed railway will link London with Birmingham by 2026. Phase two, will continue the line north west to Manchester, via Crewe, and north east to Leeds via the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

You can see how the initial preferred route (announced in 2013) would affect Cheshire East, ward by ward. We have worked with the DfT (Department for Transport) and HS2 Ltd to protect our historic assets.

November 2015 announcement

In November 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the HS2 line to Crewe will be delivered six years earlier than planned.

The Treasury also announced £5 billion of additional investment will be made available to ensure the high speed railway from London to Crewe is open to passengers by 2027.

The council believes confirmation that the line will be built via Crewe is a ‘game changer’ which now makes the location of a HS2 hub station at Crewe a near certainty.

HS2 and the location of a hub station at Crewe would help create more than 120,000 jobs by 2040 and inject £10bn a year into the wider region’s economy.

Seven trains an hour are expected to run from Crewe by 2027 – with journey times to London reduced by 45 minutes. The final section of the line to Manchester will be completed by 2033.

Artist impression of Crewe HS2 hub (jpg image file 200KB)