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Crewe already acts as a major interchange on the rail network and Network Rail is working on developing options for a Crewe Hub.

'Phase 2a'
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Faster and more reliable HS2 services from Crewe

This will help support that region’s ambition of doubling the size of the regional economy to over £50bn and creating 70,000 new jobs.

This could also provide opportunities to better connect North Wales and the Mersey Dee region to London and the South East.

North Wales & Mersey Dee Taskforce – Growth Track 360 – has been established to develop a single approach to capitalise on access to HS2 services at Crewe and deliver significant local transport improvements, including reducing journey times between the region’s major towns and cities to an hour or less.

Extending HS2 to Crewe is a vital step in achieving the government’s ambition to build a country that works for everyone. By committing to the Crewe consultation, significant benefits brought to Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent by HS2 are unlocked, allowing more people to access high speed, long distance services.

Combined with a HS2 junction north of Crewe (which will be considered as part of Phase 2b), this could allow 5 to 7 HS2 trains per hour to call at Crewe and improve connectivity on the lines from Crewe to Shrewsbury, Chester and Stoke-on-Trent.

Read the Crewe Chronicle interview with Allan Cook, our chairman.