The government has today laid before Parliament the Bill for the next phase of HS2 – to provide the North West with faster and more reliable train journeys, bringing communities together as we level up across the country.

  • When the government announced the £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan, it was promised that this will deliver better railways to the North and Midlands years sooner than originally planned. 
  • Now that promise is being kept: this Bill will deliver a new high speed line from Crewe to Manchester, cutting travel from London to Manchester by around 55 minutes and Birmingham to Manchester by up to 45 minutes, creating 17,500 direct jobs in the North and Midlands. 
  • By bringing HS2 to Manchester and laying the foundations for Northern Powerhouse Rail, we are boosting local economies through better connections, more capacity, improved reliability and slashed journey times, up to 10 years sooner than previously planned.


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