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Runcorn will benefit from the high speed rail network.

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Runcorn Station Quarter development vision.

The arrival of new high-speed services into the port town of Runcorn means it sits proudly on the HS2 network map, allowing passengers and visitors to the town to benefit from an unrivalled journey experience onboard 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 Runcorn and the capital possible in 74 minutes. 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.  

Plus, with a seamless connection at Crewe, passengers can head further north on HS2 services to Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow. 

Use the interactive journey planner below to explore other journeys.

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Discover how HS2 will transform your journey from Runcorn

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.

HS2 will improve transport on Merseyside

By moving intercity services onto the new high-speed line, HS2 also frees up capacity on the exiting West Coast Main Line, which serves Runcorn. This could mean more local passenger services from Runcorn to Crewe and Liverpoolas well as enabling more freight to travel by rail. 

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.

The Liverpool City Region has published a long-term rail strategy to help them secure a world-class transport network. Its ambitious plans will integrate the existing HS2 route and build on the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals for high speed east-west links directly into Liverpool city centre.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive growth

Becoming a high-speed rail destination presents huge opportunities for Runcorn, not least for Runcorn Station Quarter and its ambitions of becoming a multi-modal transport hub ahead of HS2’s arrival. This is one of 14 areas across Halton that together form the Mersey Gateway Regeneration Plus Plan – a £1 billion regeneration project being driven by Halton Borough Council.  

The vision for Runcorn Station Quarter is to create an impressive gateway to Runcorn, Halton and the Liverpool City Region, that welcomes visitors, improves connections and opens up opportunities for new businesses, leisure and housing. This is made possible through the removal the ‘trumpet loop’ approach to the Silver Jubilee Bridge, replacing it with a new roundabout that will link the station to the town centre. 

Find out more about Halton Council’s Runcorn Station Quarter Masterplan and Delivery Strategy.

HS2 will also help create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Linking Liverpool campaign’s ambitions include creating 20,000 new jobs, building 10,000 new homes and boosting the city region’s economy by £15 billion through improved connectivity. HS2 Ltd – the company building the new high-speed network – is working with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool City Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council to ensure the region achieves the full potential of HS2.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

They’re some of the nearly 2,000 businesses across the nation to have delivered work for HS2. Ahead of the British bullet’s arrivallocal 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. 

Regional supply chain stories

Warrington-based Inventya has supported a pioneering project which sees HS2 Ltd harness the power of immersive augmented reality to train staff who will run the HS2 north London super hub at Old Oak Common.

Inventya and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.