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With HS2 trains set to stop at Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn from the high speed line at Crewe, the Liverpool City Region is geared up to maximise current high speed rail proposals.

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The City Region wants to deliver a world class transport network.

Its ambitious plans would integrate the existing HS2 route and builds on the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals for high speed, east-west links directly into Liverpool City Centre.

Liverpool City Region has an annual economy worth over £28 billion with a population of 1.5 million people.

As a world-renowned centre of culture, sport and tourism, Liverpool has a growing visitor economy worth £3.8 billion a year.

Liverpool is understandably determined that new high speed rail connections will build on the city region’s traditional strengths as an economic engine and driver for growth.

Liverpool’s rich tradition in British maritime trade and industry helps define the city’s reputation. The new Liverpool2 deep-water container port, logistics facilities, maritime industries and transport links come together in the Local Enterprise Partnership’s vision of the SuperPort that connects the North of England to international markets and saves millions of freight miles from congested UK infrastructure. SuperPort generates £1.4 billion a year and provides over 34,000 jobs; plans to develop it as a Global Freight and Logistics Hub are expected to increase demand for rail freight capacity.