400 new jobs in latest plans for HS2 link
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).