The North West stretch of HS2 has been confirmed today by Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, and Manchester Airport is one of the key destinations that it will stop at.
The western section of the line will stop at Crewe and Manchester Airport ,en-route to a new station which will be situated right next to Manchester Piccadilly.
HS2 will also continue to run on the old network, connecting to Liverpool and the current West Coast mainline. This will enable HS2 services to extend to Scotland.
The plan is for the section between the West Midlands and Crewe to be accelerated so that it’s up and running by 2027 with completion on the full HS2 network to be in place by 2033.
Boost to the region’s economic future
It is estimated that reduced travel times and better connectivity will bring approximately 180,000 new jobs to the North West by 2040 and add around £1.3 billion to the economy.
Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said, “Today’s announcement is welcome confirmation that Greater Manchester will play a key role in HS2 and become a hub for rail improvements that will help support a sound economic future for the whole of the North through Northern Powerhouse Rail.”
This is good news for the North-West region. The connection of HS2 to Manchester Airport will bolster international trade and have a positive impact on tourism, business and the region’s ability to attract talent from far and wide.