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8 million of devolution deal funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority to enable HS2 to design the changes.
extension of Platform 5 at Crewe to 400 metres, to allow for the splitting and joining of HS2 services, which also opens opportunities to serve Stoke-on-Trent with HS2
The new line will end just south of York and HS2 trains will then transfer onto existing track and continue to Darlington and to Newcastle.
Ashley Rogers, Chair of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Business Council and a member of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force, highlighted the importance of the proposals currently under consultation for the development of a major HS2 Hub at Crewe's existing station.
Yesterday, he published The Changing Britain: HS2 taking Root report in collaboration with nine local authorities, including Newcastle City Council.
HS2 will connect Manchester and Leeds directly to London on dedicated high-speed tracks but trains from London to Liverpool would have to run on existing lines past Crewe, cutting the journey to 1 hour 32 minutes.
Alstom, which has already put forward an idea for a double-decker captive train, has said its tilting train design would be suitable for HS2 and allow for increased speeds when running from the high-speed route onto traditional lines.
Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, Britain's top civil servant, is leading a team which is looking at the cost of HS2, a new line connecting London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
8226; Key stakeholders from the public and private sectors directly impacted by phase one and two of HS2, who will share how they are planning for the project and expecting to maximise its benefits
He quotes an information paper from HS2 Ltd which says there will be 183 weekend closures, and compares that to the government's Department for Transport figure of 223.
e report said there were less-expensive options than HS2 for solving overcrowding on the railways, but these had not been properly reviewed.
The first phase of HS2, from London to Birmingham, is due to open in 2026, with a second Y-shaped phase to Manchester and Leeds due for completion around 2032-33.
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