Next Stage for HS2 Crewe to Manchester

The legislation required to build Phase 2b of High Speed 2 was introduced to Parliament today. When passed, the High Speed Rail (Crewe to Manchester) Bill will enable the new line between London and Birmingham / Crewe currently under construction to be extended to Manchester.

The Government has also announced four changes from the original proposals which have been introduced following consultation. These changes are:

  • a new Crewe Northern Connection to support the vision for a Crewe Hub
  • changes to the rolling stock depot at Crewe
  • expansions to both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport High Speed stations
  • a new train depot at Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway

Further details are available at North West on track to benefit from faster and more reliable train journeys as bill for next phase of HS2 to be laid in Parliament – GOV.UK (

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