Cheshire East leaders praise George's idea for HS3

Crewe Guardian: Clr Michael Jones and George Osborne at Peover Superior Primary School on Friday Clr Michael Jones and George Osborne at Peover Superior Primary School on Friday

THE leader of Cheshire East Council has welcomed the Chancellor’s call for a third high-speed rail line to boost connectivity and the economy in the north of England.

A so-called HS3 high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds could help to create a ‘northern global powerhouse’, George Osborne said today, Monday, June 23.

He said better road and rail links would allow cities across northern England ‘to take on the world’, as London has done.

The Chancellor said the plan could cost up to £7bn – but could be cheaper if existing rail lines were updated.

Clr Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, who is pushing for the creation of a multi-million pound strategic HS2 transport hub at Crewe, said: “This is great news and I warmly welcome the Chancellor’s support for greater high-speed rail connectivity in the north.

“This is the right strategic solution – not just for Crewe and Cheshire East – but for the north and the country as a whole. And we need to act now to get it right and unlock the potential of high-speed rail to rebalance our country’s economy.

“Let’s be clear: ‘business as usual’ is not an option. What we need is the transformational change that HS2 and a strategic transport hub at Crewe and now HS3 will bring.”

Mr Osborne said the building of the east-west link should be considered as part of a review into the second phase of the £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project.

The Chancellor’s announcement follows on the back of two major reports (the Higgins and Deighton reports) that backed the benefits of HS2 for the North of England and which called for the creation of a major strategic transport hub at Crewe.

A new strategic HS2 hub station at Crewe would create up to 60,000 jobs and deliver an estimated £1.5bn in transport benefits, with potential for a further £1bn of wider economic benefits.

The Deighton Report (in March) said Crewe was ‘ideally placed to act as a hub station to connect HS2 into the surrounding regions’.

The report said the extra capacity released by HS2 provides an opportunity to reconfigure services and better utilise the strategic location of Crewe to serve major centres in the North West, such as Liverpool, Warrington and Chester and also Stoke, Stafford and all the local stations, which form part of the commute into bigger cities – supporting regeneration in the process.

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4:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

MiddlewichMarauder says...

I don't get it. By the time I've driven to the station, parked and then waited for the train which is probably going to be late, I could have driven most of the way from Manchester to Leeds. It's about an hours drive, and about 50 minutes and a normal train. HS3 is fixing a problem that doesn't seem to exists.
I don't get it. By the time I've driven to the station, parked and then waited for the train which is probably going to be late, I could have driven most of the way from Manchester to Leeds. It's about an hours drive, and about 50 minutes and a normal train. HS3 is fixing a problem that doesn't seem to exists. MiddlewichMarauder
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6:06pm Tue 24 Jun 14

StoccoRoss says...

I'm glad that they're also dedicated to fixing to local commuter services. It's no good having all these trains from Piccadilly and the airport if you cannot get there!
I'm glad that they're also dedicated to fixing to local commuter services. It's no good having all these trains from Piccadilly and the airport if you cannot get there! StoccoRoss
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11:30pm Tue 24 Jun 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

The old 60,000 jobs for Crewe again. This is despite the working population of Crewe being less than 60,000 and unemployment being below average highlights what BS it is.

Osbourne seems to have spotted a big hole in HS2 so tries to brush over it with a weak promise of something in 30 yrs time. Meanwhile around 60 trains go to London each day from Crewe, about 40 taking 90 minutes. Average train is less than half full and virgin just added seats and new services.
The old 60,000 jobs for Crewe again. This is despite the working population of Crewe being less than 60,000 and unemployment being below average highlights what BS it is. Osbourne seems to have spotted a big hole in HS2 so tries to brush over it with a weak promise of something in 30 yrs time. Meanwhile around 60 trains go to London each day from Crewe, about 40 taking 90 minutes. Average train is less than half full and virgin just added seats and new services. I am not a Trainspotter
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