High Speed Rail Crewe – Manchester Bill and associated documents

Today (24 January 2022) the government will introduce the High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill – a key part of Building Back Better after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside the High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill and accompanying Environmental Statement, the government is also publishing:

  • the government’s response to the second Design Refinement Consultation
  • an update on the Strategic Outline Business Case

The Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands (IRP) set out the government’s commitment to invest in rail infrastructure across the North and Midlands. Delivering the Western Leg of HS2 is a vital part of this commitment. This includes plans for the Crewe Hub and Crewe Northern Connection, allowing HS2 trains to call at Crewe and Manchester and enhancing connectivity to north-west England, Wales, and Scotland.

This next stage of HS2 from Crewe to Manchester will increase passenger capacity, improve connectivity, and reduce journey times. It is integral to delivering on the government’s commitment to level-up the country. HS2 will join up the North, Midlands, and London by effectively halving the journey times between the centres of the UK’s 3 largest cities. The scheme will contribute towards sustainable growth in towns, cities, and regions across the country, spreading prosperity and opportunity more widely. It will act as a catalyst for job creation, the development of new homes and ultimately, the regeneration of major cities and towns along the HS2 route.

HS2 will help provide a cleaner and greener form of transport, offering significantly lower carbon emissions per passenger kilometre than long distance car journeys or domestic air travel. HS2 has the potential to deliver world-class low-carbon transport to bring our biggest cities closer together, spread opportunity and support the UK’s transition to a ‘net zero’ economy.

The bill includes the powers necessary to construct and operate the HS2 route between Crewe and Manchester. It is accompanied by an Environmental Statement which describes the railway, alternatives considered, the environmental effects that are likely to arise from its construction and operation, and the measures proposed to avoid or reduce the negative effects. It has been informed by the consultation on the working draft Environmental Statement held in Autumn 2018 as well as through engagement with stakeholders. An Equalities Impact Assessment is also being published.

Copies of the government’s response to the second Design Refinement Consultation will be made available in the libraries of both Houses and are also publicly accessible online through the GOV.UK website.

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 news story, 24 January 2022.

Published 24 January 2022

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