Crewe Town Council welcomed the publication of the HS2 Phase 2a Bill yesterday (Monday 17th July) as an important step towards bringing HS2 to Crewe early.
Simon Yates, the Leader of the Town Council said that ”frequent high speed services stopping at a 21st century station can transform Crewe and the surrounding areas in a way not seen since the Crewe works was originally set up.”
“We are glad that the government has re-confirmed in a separate consultation that there will be a Hub Station at Crewe and that it will be situated at the existing station to take advantage of the 6 existing lines which radiate out from this strategic and historic interchange.”
“To reap the greatest benefits in jobs and housing for Crewe and the surrounding region, we need frequent high speed services and a station that is a pleasure to use. There are many complications because of the way the station and the rail lines have developed over many years. We need to look closely at the detail of the government’s consultation on the Crewe Hub, and we will be pressing for the best possible solution.”
“It is a concern that the funding of improvements to the station remains uncertain. The government is clearly looking for the local partners to put numbers to the economic benefits that HS2 will bring, and to identify how this will enable them contribute to the costs of developing the new station. We want to work with Cheshire East Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Constellation the strategic planners for our region and our Member of Parliament to make this happen.”