THE latest report into HS2 advocates building a dedicated station for the high speed railway in Crewe.

The move, outlined in this morning's report, HS2 Plus, by new HS2 chairman, David Higgins, plans to expedite the delivery of Phase Two of the £42 billion line six years earlier than planned.

The report reads that benefits of the railway 'could be spread further north sooner if Phase Two were accelerated and the line were extended to a new regional transport hub at Crewe by 2027'.

Mr Higgins' report gives a green light to what Cheshire East Council has been campaigning for: a dedicated rail interchange along the route of HS2 at Crewe.

Previously, it was only planned for HS2 trains to serve Crewe by transferring to the existing West Coast Main Line via a junction at Basford, while the HS2 track bed itself would have headed north beneath Crewe in a tunnel.

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