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HS2 will transform Crewe's transport links

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A person stands next to a blue station plaque that says 'Destination Crewe HS2'. Around it are open curtains.
Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister at the Department of Transport unveils an HS2 Destination plaque at Crewe Station.

In an echo of its origin as one of the first railway towns, Crewe is set to become a vital ‘super-hub’, connecting high-speed services and the existing railway network. The arrival of HS2 services into Crewe will allow passengers and visitors to the town to benefit from an unrivalled journey experience on board Britain’s brand-new bullet-style train.  

Travelling at up to 225mph on state-of-the-art trains, designed with today’s passenger needs in mind, HS2’s new rail services will make travel between Crewe and the capital possible in less than an hour. Direct services to HS2’s Old Oak Common station will also enable passengers to quickly interchange onto the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) and Great Western lines, providing access to new destinations for work and play. From Crewe, HS2 services will continue north along the existing West Coast Main Line enabling seamless journeys to places like Liverpool, Wigan and Preston. 

As well as providing Crewe’s residents with faster travel to new destinations, the connectivity boost that HS2 provides will open Cheshire’s heritage delights, green spaces and specialist trades in engineering and manufacturing to new business and leisure markets, supporting the region’s tourism sector and wider economic growth.  

HS2 Services:

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

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey to and from Crewe

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.

Crewe and HS2

Hear from Crewe residents about the benefits HS2 will bring.

HS2 will drive growth

Becoming a high-speed rail destination presents huge opportunities for Crewe. It is already spearheading £180 million of local investment and regeneration projects. For example, the Market Hall will reopen in 2021, refurbished as a vibrant commercial and social hub. Meanwhile, a development scheme has been agreed for a new Royal Arcade, to include shops, restaurants, and a cinema – all served by a new bus station. new commercial hub surrounding Crewe station is expected to create 37,000 jobs and 7,000 new homes by 2043.   

Find out more about the Crewe Masterplan.

Hs2 will stimulate 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.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

They are just some of the 2000 businesses across the country working on HS2. Ahead of the British bullet’s arrival, local businesses are already winning work on the project. Local firms are among the thousands of British businesses to have secured contracts delivering supplies and services to support the construction of HS2, and these contract awards are helping to sustain and create jobs for local people at a much-needed time. The green light to extend the railway to Crewe, coupled with plans to extend further north to Manchester, means that opportunities for local companies are only set to grow in the months and years ahead. 

The construction of HS2 is already supporting over 16,000 jobs across the UK, with around 15,000 more set to be recruited to deliver the Birmingham to London section of the railway. 6,500 roles are forecast to construct the extended line to Crewe, which presents apprenticeship and skilled employment opportunities for local people to benefit from.    

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.

HS2 Phase 2a Crewe to Birmingham route

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