HS2 creates a step-change in Manchester transport.
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HS2 helps reduce overcrowding
By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and overcrowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going.
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.
HS2 will be vital in relieving pressure across Greater Manchester, an area which has seen a 26% increase in rail traffic since 2010-11. The capacity released by HS2 could more than double evening peak seats from Manchester Piccadilly on the Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent corridors.
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HS2 Services in Manchester
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
Manchester Airport from:
- London, HS2 time 63 minutes, current time 144 minutes.
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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.
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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 Piccadilly station
The redevelopment of Manchester Piccadilly is expected to create 40,000 new jobs and 13,000 new homes. This represents one of the biggest development opportunities in the UK. It has potential to make significant impact on the national economy, spurred on by the arrival 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. 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, engineering consultancy WSP has 147 staff in Manchester working on HS2 station design and development planning.