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Government pledges support for HS2 Crewe Hub vision

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Crewe’s HS2 Hub Station plan is on track after the government has announced it has been given the green light,


Plans for Phase 2a of HS2 will be modified to support the construction of the high speed rail Hub, the Government has said.


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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the Government’s support for the Crewe Hub vision, the plans for which include a re-designed junction at Crewe, platform extensions and a high-speed rail service to Stoke-on-Trent.


The government’s support for the Crewe Hub vision means plans for HS2 Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will be modified to include:


- extension of Platform 5 at Crewe to 400 metres, to allow for the splitting and joining of HS2 services, which also opens opportunities to serve Stoke-on-Trent with HS2


- a more efficient design for the proposed platform on the Manchester independent lines, incorporating a transfer deck to the main station


- a change to the design of the southern connection from HS2, so that HS2 joins, and takes over, the central 2 lines on the existing network.


The Secretary of State also intends to ask the franchise operator, West Coast Partnership, to include a high speed service to Stoke-on-Trent in its market development and service plans.


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: ”We have listened to people’s views on the Crewe Hub consultation, ensuring that the town’s proud history as an epicentre of rail journeys is set to continue, as it plays a vital role in delivering Britain’s future railway.


“HS2 will be the backbone of our national rail network, increasing capacity on our congested rail network with thousands more seats on commuter services, improving vital connections between some of our country’s biggest cities and generating jobs, skills and economic growth.


“It also builds on our earlier decision to bring the benefits of HS2 to Crewe from 2027 - 6 years earlier than originally planned - as well as allowing the benefits of a high-speed service to extend to Stoke-on-Trent.”


The Government hopes that its commitment to the Crewe Hub will mean that more people will be able to access high speed, long distance services.

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