The vision is for HS2 to help make Wigan a focal point for the surrounding region and a great place to do business.
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Wigan is in a pivotal location between the economies of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. Manchester and Liverpool airports are just 35 minutes away. These connections have made Wigan Borough the location of choice for major logistics and manufacturing companies, including Heinz whose food factory is the largest in Europe. The borough is also home to Poundland’s construction of a new £30 million distribution centre with the potential to create up to 800 jobs and NicePak’s large warehouse and manufacturing plant just outside the centre of Wigan.
With the new HS2 track joining the West Coast Main Line just 2.5 miles south of Wigan North Western station, Wigan Council believes an integrated high speed station, coupled with an ambitious programme of investment in other transport infrastructure, will greatly enhance the town.
With HS2, direct connection to Birmingham will fall to just 35 minutes, with London just over 80 minutes away. This offers improved access to suppliers, skills and customers for Wigan’s established businesses, as well as emerging specialisms such as Greater Manchester’s fast growing environmental technology sector. The Council sees the integrated high speed station as a focal point for regenerating the town centre by raising Wigan’s profile and encouraging business growth.