400 new jobs in lat­est plans for HS2 link

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

TRANS­PORT bosses have re­vealed the lat­est plans for a high speed rail­way which will travel through the bor­ough at speeds of 225mph.

The plans are the sec­ond phase of the project, which is due to open by 2032, which will con­nect Lon­don with Manch­ester via Crewe, with the near­est stop to Mac­cles­field be­ing at Manch­ester Air­port.

HS2 Ltd, Net­work Rail and Cheshire East Coun­cil will now de­velop the plans, which in­cludes a new ‘hub sta­tion’ at Crewe, which could cre- ate up to 400 jobs in the area.

The new track will also re­quire ‘cut­tings’ into the land­scape, em­bank­ments and tun­nels, and res­i­dents along the pro­posed route are be­ing warned they are in a ‘safe­guard­ing’ area which could be af­fected by the track.

Any­one at risk of de­mo­li­tion will be able to claim com­pen­sa­tion.

Coun­cil Leader Rachel Bai­ley said the coun­cil will now work with HS2 to put ef­fec­tive en­gage­ment pro­cesses in place to en­sure that res­i­dents’ and busi­nesses’ con­cerns are heard by govern­ment.

She said: “This is the news that we have been work­ing to­wards over the last five years or more and de­liv­ers the mes­sage that Cheshire East is truly open for busi­ness

“This will sup­port our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through the cre­ation of new skills and a fur­ther step to­wards full em­ploy­ment in the bor­ough.

“But we stress that our sup­port for HS2 is sub­ject to the high­est stan­dards of mit­i­ga­tion and com­pen­sa­tion for those af­fected, whilst also se­cur­ing the max­i­mum con­nec­tiv­ity through the pro­posed hub sta­tion.

“The huge eco­nomic ben­e­fits to be had from HS2 must be har­nessed for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions so that the chil­dren and young peo­ple of to­day – and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren – can seize the enor­mous op­por­tu­ni­ties that HS2 will de­liver.

“I have se­cured the con­tin­ued sup­port of the sec­re­tary of state for our strat­egy for a North­ern Gate­way De­vel­op­ment Zone to en­sure that the ex­pected growth as­so­ci­ated with HS2, will help to take fam­i­lies out of poverty, pro­vide widerang­ing so­cial ben­e­fits for res­i­dents and pro­duce a new gen­er­a­tion of skilled young peo­ple.

“By build­ing a solid and sub­stan­tial growth strat­egy, the North­ern Gate­way Part­ner­ship, with the sup­port of govern­ment, is work­ing hard to en­sure that midCheshire and part­ner ar­eas are ready for HS2 by en­sur­ing that the ben­e­fits of growth are de­liv­ered across the po­lit­i­cal and re­gional bound­aries.”

New ap­pren­tices and grad­u­ates at Cheshire East high­ways meet John Sun­der­land (op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, Ring­way Ja­cobs) Paul Traynor (strate­gic com­mis­sion­ing man­ager for High­ways at Cheshire East Coun­cil), Coun­cil­lor David Brown (Cheshire East Coun­cil deputy leader), Chris Shields (ser­vice leader, Cheshire East High­ways) and Frank Jor­dan (ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Place at Cheshire East Coun­cil).

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