HS2 will improve transport connections
- 'Phase 2b'
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HS2 unlocks capacity for more trains across the North
HS2 will be integrated into existing rail networks as well as Northern Powerhouse Rail. Local Authorities are planning to improve local transport networks to take advantage of the extra capacity and connectivity HS2 will bring. The two new HS2 tracks to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly will create space for additional train paths on the corridors to Crewe and Stockport, providing options for more frequent local or regional services.
HS2 Services in Manchester
Manchester Airport from:
- London, HS2 time 63 minutes, current time 144 minutes.
Manchester Piccadilly to:
- Birmingham Interchange, HS2 time 37 minutes, current time 106 minutes
- Birmingham, HS2 time 40 minutes, current time 88 minutes
- London, HS2 time 67 minutes, current time 127 minutes
HS2 is integral to local plans to drive growth
It will help create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has the potential to double the economic output of Greater Manchester to £132bn by 2050, delivering 96,000 jobs and 16,800 homes. We’re working with Manchester City Council, Trafford Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and regional stakeholders to ensure that the region achieves the full potential of HS2.
Manchester Airport Station
The HS2 station at Manchester Airport will improve the airport’s accessibility and capitalise on the investment programme at Terminal 2.
Manchester Airport is the UK’s principal international gateway outside of London, with over 70 airlines operating to over 200 destinations worldwide. By 2016, over 25m passenger journeys were made through the airport and this figure is set to increase. The airport is estimated to contribute over £950m to the economy each year, and helps directly sustain over 300 businesses and support 22,000 people who are employed directly on site. This is supported by the £1bn Transformation Programme currently being undertaken at the Airport.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority redevelopment plans around the airport include creating a new diverse neighbourhood with homes, offices and hotels creating the potential for 20,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2
For example, Architecture firm WSP in Manchester has 147 staff working on HS2 station developments.