HS2 in South Cheshire
Find out what HS2 means for South Cheshire
The Phase 2a section of the route through south Cheshire includes the mainline and two spurs of about 6km. With the boundary between Madeley and Checkley cum Wrinehill parishes forming the southern start of this section the track passes through the parishes of Checkley cum Wrinehill, Blakenhall, Hough and Chorlton, and Weston and Basford, and within the Cheshire East local authority area.
Having passed through part of Barhill Wood the route will extend from Wrinehill in the south to the Crewe urban fringe in the north where it will connect with the existing West Coast Main Line (WCML) via two spurs south of the A500 Shavington Bypass.
The HS2 main line will then continue north and will provide for the future extension of the route to Manchester as part of Phase 2b of HS2. There will be associated works to the WCML to facilitate the new connection to HS2. There will also be works at Crewe Station to allow for additional services running through Crewe on the WCML.
What we’re delivering for Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)
336 miles (57km) of high-speed track, 2 tunnels, 17 viaducts, 65 bridges, 26 cuttings and 36 embankments.
More than 100 businesses working on the project already are located within Cheshire and Staffordshire. More than 80 per cent of these businesses are SMEs.
For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £5 million in funding through CEF and BLEF is available for communities experiencing disruption to apply for.
For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £2 million was made available through BIF for projects to enhance Biodiversity through the creation or restoration of ecological habitats.
Benefits at a glance
Capacity - HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network
Providing much-needed rail capacity across the country, and and integrating with rail projects in the North and Midlands.
Connectivity - HS2 will help level-up the country
By offering better connections HS2 will help spread jobs and opportunity around the country, driving regeneration.
Carbon - HS2 will be the low carbon option for long distance travel
HS2 will build sustainable, climate-resilient transport infrastructure and cut carbon emissions from the UK transport sector.