Council chiefs lobby ministers for TWO high speed rail stations
Coun Matthew Colledge, from Trafford council, wrote to the transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin asking him to commit to two HS2 stops in the region.
Greater Manchester council chiefs are lobbying the government to get two high speed rail stations built in the region – including one at Manchester Airport.
Coun Matthew Colledge, from Trafford council, wrote to transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin asking him to commit to two HS2 stops in the region – saying the move could create up to 9,000 jobs and bring an extra £1/2bn to the local economy every year.
Although he says a city centre stop is vital if there is only one one in the area, he adds an
airport stop would be a huge boost.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the airport, Manchester and Trafford councils, Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester Airport sent the government a bid for a second stop in July.
They expect a detailed announcement about HS2 by the end of the month.
In a letter on behalf of Greater Manchester council leaders, Coun Colledge writes: “Development of the airport as an employment and transport node, with extensive Metrolink, conventional rail and high speed rail links will create a prospectus for the airport that will be highly sustainable, particularly when compared to other airports, or ‘out of town’ sites.
The letter goes on to say a second HS2 station at the airport would:
- Serve southern Greater Manchester and Cheshire as well as the airport
- Encourage employment around the airport area
- Encourage improved transport links to the airport from across the north
- Boost development of the Airport City enterprise zone.
As the HS2 route has not yet been announced it is not clear whether trains would travel to Piccadilly or a new station in the city centre before heading to the airport or if trains would alternate between the two stops.
The first section of the £32bn high-speed line – between London and Birmingham – is planned to open in 2026,
with the second phase to Manchester and Leeds following in 2032.
A public consultation on phase two is scheduled for 2014.
The 250mph trains will ‘hop’ off the high-speed line at Birmingham from 2026 and continue north on the existing West Coast Main Line at slower speeds – cutting travel times between London and Manchester to 98 minutes.
But the biggest boost will come when the Manchester branch opens in 2032 – when the journey to London will be slashed to just 68 minutes.