Background to High Speed 2 (HS2)
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a high speed rail link that will boost economic growth and open up commercial opportunities for businesses across the North-West.
The Department for Transport (DfT) announced its proposals for the northern sections of the route in January 2013. The link will join London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Crewe, Sheffield and the East Midlands in a Y-shaped route, with new high speed rail stations at Piccadilly in Manchester city centre and at Manchester Airport.
The Department for Transport have appointed HS2 Ltd to undertake and deliver the project on behalf of the government.
HS2 Ltd will manage the public consultation over the route and the engineering solutions that might be required to deliver it. This will involve working with local authorities and other regional and local bodies along the proposed alignment, including Transport for Greater Manchester.
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Transport for Greater Manchester and HS2 – What is our view?
We support the benefits of HS2 in terms of increased network capacity and the significant economic growth it will bring. In this respect, TfGM is keen to develop a strategy that ensures that these benefits can be maximised across Greater Manchester.
We are committed to developing an HS2 Growth Strategy to ensure that our city region, its transport network, our people and our businesses are ready to maximise the opportunities for economic growth, through a clear roadmap to HS2.
Locally, in light of HS2 proposals, the Mayfield site at Piccadilly Train Station has been identified for potential commercial development that could secure up to 30,000 additional jobs, alongside scope for greater housing opportunities and wider regeneration for the city centre. The development of this site, and the subsequent incorporation of additional rail infrastructure, means that there will be increased capacity across the network.
At Manchester Airport, HS2 also offers additional scope for growth in jobs and productivity. In addition to maximising the potential for the Airport itself, it recognises its potential to grow and handle up to 55 million passengers each year. Working closely with our partners at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) we have ‘in principal’ agreed to make a local funding contribution towards the costs of the new station.
We will continue to develop our Growth Strategies for Piccadilly and Manchester Airport Stations which will establish clear bodies to oversee their delivery. In doing so we aim to further encourage the Government to establish the partnership arrangements needed to realise the growth potential that HS2 would bring to Greater Manchester.
Transport for Greater Manchester’s Chief Executive, Dr Jon Lamonte:-
“The development of HS2 heralds a wealth of opportunities that will not only benefit the region’s economy but will also see major improvements to the existing transport network.
“The development of new stations at Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will increase overall capacity across all modes of transport and in doing so, enable better connectivity across the network.
“HS2’s economic forecasts suggest that up to 180,000 new jobs would be created in the region by the early 2040s so it’s essential that Greater Manchester’s transport network is ready to cater for the increased demand.”