HS2 will transform transport links for Crewe.
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Faster and more reliable HS2 services from Crewe
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.
- Crew to London: HS2 time 55 minutes, current time 90 minutes
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.
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.
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.
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.