The final route of the Manchester section of HS2 has finally been announced triggering a collective sigh of relief from residents of the estate around Rostron Avenue in West Gorton who were previously going to face significant upheaval. When the plans for HS2 were originally announced back in 2013, the Crewe to Manchester route was going to plough through the grounds of the local school as well as require the demolition of more than 40 homes. However, after much lobbying and a public consultation, the government has confirmed plans to realign the route.
The route will now be placed further eastwards through Ardwick and avoid the estate completely. As well as saving homes, the Department for Transport said that the realignment of the Manchester Piccadilly approach will also reduce flood risk and engineering complexity by moving the tunnel portal out of the Corn Brook flood plain and away from other rail viaducts. It also allows the approach to Piccadilly Station to be straightened, which will reduce the impact on the structure of the existing station.
This is the only change that is happening to the Manchester section of HS2 – all the existing plans for the route will be implemented. Speaking about the HS2 route, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: “Manchester’s brilliant businesses, shops and creative community have propelled the city from strength to strength. HS2 will give it a chance to prosper still further. The new links to the West Midlands and London will increase productivity and generate new business opportunities.”