Cheshire East has called on the Government to back an option for Crewe’s station to provide three high-speed trains per hour each to London, Manchester, and Birmingham.
At a cabinet meeting today, the council will put forward its response to the Crewe Hub consultation, launched by the Government in July this year, and which runs until 12 October.
The Government’s current case for the Crewe Hub assumes two HS2 trains per hour to London, but the council has called for additional hourly services, arguing that more trains could help to support 7,100 extra homes and an additional 5m sq ft of commercial floorspace in the town.
The consultation proposes three different options for the station – one which provides high-speed service connection to Crewe, Liverpool, and London, another which would add an additional connection to Liverpool, and a third which would include five trains north and seven trains south per hour.
Cheshire East backed the third option, arguing that there was an “overwhelming case” for the third proposal and that the two other options for the station would offer “limited HS2 connectivity for Crewe”.
Cheshire East also recommended a plan to safeguard a stopping service at Crewe on at least one of the hourly London to Manchester services.
Under the council’s preferred option, journey times to Manchester would be reduced to 21 minutes, while journey times to Birmingham would be reduced to 28 minutes. Journey times to and from London would also be cut to 55 minutes.
The third option would also increase Crewe’s GVA to an estimated £2.9bn by 2043, up from £1.1bn in 2017.