Manchester on track for high speed success
Prospects for trade, investment and jobs in Manchester have received another significant shot in the arm with Government confirmation that the new HS2 rail service will connect Crewe and Manchester.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the Phase 2 western leg of the high speed rail link will include a stop at Manchester Airport and continue to the city centre, where a new HS2 station will be built next to Manchester Piccadilly. The airport is already set for a £1 billion redevelopment which will transform the site over the next decade.
The decision to press ahead with the project is a major boost for economic prosperity and will underpin plans for a Northern Powerhouse with Manchester at its heart. These initiatives will serve to rebalance the economies of the north and south of England.
HS2 will cut journey times between London and Manchester by nearly half, creating a wealth of opportunity for North West businesses. There will also be a connection to Liverpool and to the existing west coast mainline, allowing HS2 services to continue north, serving stations to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Oliver Conoley, Director of National Property Portfolio, welcomed the announcement: “This is great news for Manchester and marks another milestone in the relentless rise of the city. We can now look forward to high speed services from London to the heart of Manchester, igniting further investment and economic growth.”