The government has published its response to a public consultation on the HS2 Crewe Hub.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (pictured) says new plans will allow for the introduction of an additional HS2 service from the North West station to Stoke-on-Trent.
Amended proposals for the high-speed rail hub include 400 metre platforms at Crewe, which will allow longer HS2 trains to split and join, opening up opportunities to serve more destinations including Stoke-on-Trent and enabling more people to access high speed, long distance services.
Grayling says the new plans will mean Crewe will “benefit fully” from HS2 and builds on the earlier decision to bring the benefits of HS2 to Crewe from 2027 – six years earlier than originally planned.
He adds that a Crewe hub could generate “significant opportunities”, not only for Crewe, but also for the surrounding region.
“To fully realise that vision will need central and local government to work together and require future decisions to be taken as part of Phase 2B,” adds the MP for Epsom and Ewell.
“We also intend 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.
“We welcome the progress being made by Cheshire East Council and the local enterprise partnership in identifying how they could invest in the scheme to ensure the benefits are fully realised.”