The Transport Secretary has published its consultation response for how HS2 will improve connectivity of the Crewe Hub.
The consultation, which ran from July to October last year, sought views on the options that could improve Crewe’s – and the surrounding region’s – access to both conventional and high speed rail services.
Comments were sought on the vision for a hub station in Crewe, as well as infrastructure options for enabling more HS2 services to stop in the area.
Chris Grayling spoke to the House of Commons about how the plans have changed in response to the consultation which outlines how the vision of a Crewe Hub will enable additional HS2 services to Stoke-on-Trent.
As part of the response to the consultation, the Transport Minister confirmed plans for HS2 Phase 2A from Birmingham to Crewe which will now see 400-metre platforms built in Crewe.
These will allow longer HS2 trains to split and join, which in turn will ensure more destinations are served. It also meets the government’s aims of ensuring more people have access to HS2.
The government believe a Crewe Hub will generate job opportunities for the town and surrounding area; through the consultation, steps will be taken to make sure Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent can benefit from high speed rail and will build on the previous decision to ensure Crewe benefits from HS2 in 2027 – which is six years earlier than initially planned.
In response to the consultation, Mr Grayling said: “We welcome the progress being made by Cheshire East Council and the local enterprise partnership in identifying how they could invest in the scheme to ensure the benefits are fully realised.”
He ended his response in the Commons by reiterating HS2’s role as the “backbone” of the rail network, which will also support the government’s Industrial Strategy that will generate economic growth and skills for the UK.