HS2 will transform transport links for Stafford and help regeneration around the station area.
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The arrival of new high-speed services into the market town of Stafford 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 Stafford and the capital possible in less than an hour. 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.
As well as providing Stafford’s residents with faster travel to new destinations, the connectivity boost that HS2 provides will open the county’s heritage delights, green spaces and specialist trades in ceramics and manufacturing to new business and leisure markets, supporting the region’s tourism sector and wider economic growth.
For passengers wishing to travel North, commuters and shoppers can travel in style on HS2 to Stoke and Macclesfield, or take a short 18-minute journey to Crewe on the existing rail network, where they can join HS2’s high speed services for onward travel to Liverpool and towns and cities en-route to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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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 drive growth
Becoming a high-speed rail destination presents huge opportunities for the town. It is already spearheading the creation of exciting local growth plans which will benefit communities in the surrounding area. Among them is the proposed regeneration of a 28-hectare site next to Stafford railway station, which was quick to catch the eye of developers and leading leisure chains. This investment will revitalise the gateway to the town, breathing life back into the old manufacturing and industrial units of yesteryear.
Find out more about the Stafford Station Gateway Growth Area.
Read this Stoke Sentinel article about HS2 and Stafford.
Stafford has already benefitted from millions of pounds of investment with the Riverside Development. And now plans for Eastgate and the Northern Town Centre regeneration schemes are underway. HS2’s arrival will help inspire continued growth, paving the way for Stafford to the reap the benefits in the way that other major population centres, such as Birmingham, have seen.
Hs2 will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Constellation Partnership covers Cheshire and Staffordshire. it has ambitions to deliver 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040, spurred on by HS2 connectivity. The HS2 Growth Strategy predicts that this growth will be worth £6.4 billion.
91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2
They are just some of nearly 2,000 businesses across the country working on HS2. Ahead of HS2’s arrival, local businesses are already winning work on the project. Seven 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
Stafford-based ground remediation contractor, Deep Soil Mixing used a sustainable soil solution to geotechnically improve the ground at an HS2 site near Coleshill in Warwickshire.