Greater Manchester considers HS2, in combination with Northern Powerhouse Rail, as vital to increase the capacity of Britain’s rail network and to help deliver a transformational step-change in the connectivity of the North’s city regions.
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The arrival of HS2 in 2033 at Manchester Piccadilly is a great opportunity for new development, not only for the transformation of the station itself into a fully integrated transport hub, but also the surrounding areas. The once in a century opportunity to regenerate the area around the station will create a new mixed use neighbourhood which will include new offices, new homes and significant new public spaces.
Investment in HS2 will not only make Manchester Piccadilly one of the best connected and productive locations in the North but is also estimated to create 40,000 new jobs, 13,000 new home and commercial developments in the area.
The building of High Speed Two (HS2) will also facilitate the delivery of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which aims to provide faster and better rail connections between the northern cities.
One of the benefits of HS2 for Greater Manchester, is that both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will have new high speed stations. Our vision is that these stations will become interchange facilities, creating an integrated transport system between HS2, Northern Powerhouse rail, local rail, Metrolink and bus transport, and intercontinental air connections.
New high speed rail facilities at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will act as a catalyst for economic growth and help deliver new jobs, new places for business and new homes.
The development of high speed rail will also create significant new job opportunities both in the construction of the rail network and its operating functions, which local businesses and communities can benefit from. New development and investment will bring long term training and employment opportunities.