A KEY DEVELOPMENT in the delivery of High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network is being welcomed by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Department for Transport confirmed today the addition of the Crewe North Connection to the consultation taking place for HS2 Phase 2b – the final piece of the jigsaw which will see Crewe act as a major hub on the HS2 network.

The decision is one of a number of refinements made to HS2 as a result of the independent Oakervee Review, which the government commissioned in 2019 to re-evaluate the project.

Legislation for Phase 2a, from Birmingham to Crewe, is currently being considered by Parliament. The consultation for Phase 2b closes on December 11th and legislation covering the Crewe to Manchester route will then be developed.

Clare Hayward, Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership said:HS2 represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Crewe and is a transformative infrastructure programme that supports levelling-up across the region as a whole.

“As part of our submission to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review we set out proposals for a High-Speed Growth Corridor around the HS2 hub at Crewe. It will deliver high value jobs, housing and infrastructure in Crewe, Winsford and parts of Warrington as well as making a significant contribution to wider economic growth across the sub-region.

“Clarity and certainty around of the Crewe North Connection plus Government support for the High-Speed Growth Corridor will provide a bright future for Crewe.”