Runcorn will benefit from the high speed rail network.
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HS2 will serve Runcorn
HS2 trains will call Runcorn, where passengers can access the high speed rail network. See below for journey time savings.
To London from:
Runcorn, HS2 time 74 minutes, current time 113 minutes.
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Discover how HS2 will transform your journey
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
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
HS2 will 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. We’re 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.
Halton Council’s Runcorn Station Quarter Masterplan and Delivery Strategy aims to improve visual and physical linkages and movement between the Station Quarter area, the town centre, the canals and nearby communities. It also explores measures to improve inward and onward connectivity with Runcorn Station.
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.
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.
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.