MP presses claims for HS2 Crewe Hub sta­tion

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Vale of Cl­wyd MP James Davies has writ­ten to Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling, to high­light his con­cern that cur­rent plans for HS2 “fall short” of pro­vid­ing North Wales and Cheshire with the con­nec­tiv­ity it needs to boost eco­nomic per­for­mance.

On be­half of a group of MPs rep­re­sent­ing constituencies through­out the re­gion, Davies wrote that with suf­fi­cient in­vest­ment in trans­port, 70,000 new jobs could be cre­ated and the cross-bor­der econ­omy’s gross value added (GVA) dou­bled to £50.5 bil­lion over the next 20 years.

He added that to de­liver this Crewe would need to be made an HS2 hub, with five to seven trains call­ing at Crewe each hour bound for a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Scot­land, Manch­ester and Birm­ing­ham. Cur­rent pro­pos­als state that just two trains would call there, on their way be­tween Lon­don and Liver­pool or Pre­ston, with the ma­jor­ity of high-speed ser­vices routed through a tun­nel be­neath the sta­tion with­out stop­ping.

The let­ter also calls for a grade­sep­a­rated junc­tion at Crewe North, to in­crease ca­pac­ity for ex­tra ser­vices by re­mov­ing the cur­rent con­flict­ing move­ments be­tween the West Coast Main Line and routes to North Wales and Manch­ester.

Davies con­cluded: “In the con­text of a £50bn+ project, we would ar­gue that the cost of these pro­posed im­prove­ments is rel­a­tively small. We would very much value your de­tailed at­ten­tion to the de­liv­ery of a true Crewe Hub sta­tion model of­fer­ing fit-for­pur­pose con­nec­tiv­ity.”

In re­sponse to a ques­tion asked in Par­lia­ment by David Han­son (Labour, De­lyn) on March 30, Grayling replied: “I am seized of the ne­ces­sity to make sure that North Wales does not miss out in the in­vest­ment that we are putting into our rail network.”

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