The Leader of Crewe Town Council, Cllr Simon Yates, welcomed the announcement by the Government that it confirms its support for the Crewe Hub vision. Cllr Yates said this is great news for the town and means that detailed planning can now commence in earnest. The extra detail starts to bring even more certainty to a project that will help drive forward the shared vision for Crewe. It reinforces the premier status of Crewe as the key gateway to north, south, east and west. Crewe is and always will be the centre of the rail network and I’d claim Crewe to be the best-connected town in the UK. Everyone needs to make the most of this unique selling point to promote and regenerate the town. It will mean change and I expect that will include the rejuvenation of infrastructure in the town. The headlines set out by the government include:
Realising the Crewe Hub vision in full will require delivery of the planned Network Rail renewals, local and national government working together, and a local funding contribution to support future potential investment decisions including for:
Network Rail continues to evaluate whether, as part of its renewal design, reinstatement of platform 13 would be an affordable alternative to the independent lines platform. If so, this would be a further improvement for transferring passengers and freight.
This is really great news for Crewe and the Town Council stands ready to support all parties in making HS2 a success for Crewe and the surrounding area.’
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-crewe-hub-consultation-governments-response