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HS2 will transform transport links for Crewe.

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Artists impression of Crewe Railway Station
Artists impression of Crewe railway station. Credit: Cheshire East Council

HS2 services will call at Crewe, where passengers will be able to access the high speed network heading south. Journey times to London will be cut to under an hour. Macclesfield, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent will also receive HS2 services, spreading the benefits of better connectivity.

HS2 Services:

  • Crewe to London: HS2 time 56 minutes, current time 90 minutes

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HS2 Phase 2a Crewe to Birmingham route

Fly over the HS2 Phase 2a route from Crewe to the West Midlands (North to South)

HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

The Crewe Hub will provide 360 degree connectivity

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

As well as north/south connectivity and access to Stoke to the East, HS2 services at Crewe will better connect North Wales and the Mersey Dee region to the economic hub of 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.

HS2 will drive growth

It will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Constellation Partnership covers Cheshire and Staffordshire. It has ambitions to deliver 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040, spurred on by HS2 connectivity. The HS2 Growth Strategy predicts that this growth will be worth £6.4 billion.

Crewe Masterplan

The Crewe Masterplan is set to create a new commercial hub around the station, which includes 37,000 new jobs and an additional 7,000 new homes by 2043, reflecting Crewe’s strategic location on the HS2 network and wider UK rail network.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

They are just some of nearly 2000 businesses across the country working on HS2.

Regional supply chain stories

Cheshire-based Select Plant Hire has almost doubled the size of its Cheshire depot and workforce after winning a contract to supply eco-cabins at HS2 construction sites. The company has already supplied over 100 eco-cabins to HS2’S south portal tunnel site.

Select Plant Hire and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.