HS2 Advances Plan to Extend High-Speed Network to Manchester

HS2 Ltd has announced that a second set of proposed changes to the High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill has been introduced to Parliament.

The submission of Additional Provision 2 (AP2) marks a key milestone in the parliamentary process for extending the HS2 network to Manchester.

Artists impression of an HS2 train at a platform
Artists impression of an HS2 train at a platform

The High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill was submitted to Parliament in January 2022, and the first proposed changes under Additional Provision 1 (AP1) were introduced six months later.

This bill seeks powers to extend and operate the new high-speed network to Manchester. Its hybrid nature reflects HS2’s ongoing work to deliver the best construction plan for this railway. This includes developing designs, acting on new information and assessing feedback.

Communities are now invited to view the latest proposed changes and express their views on the supporting documentation.

Stephen Smith, Head of Consultation and Engagement for HS2’s Phase 2b programme said:

“Extending the HS2 network to Manchester will vastly improve connectivity between the UK’s major towns and cities, while freeing up vital capacity on the existing rail network for more local and regional rail services.

“This latest set of design changes reflects our ongoing commitment to minimise disruption during the construction and operational phases. Feedback from communities plays a vital role in the design process and we encourage people to have their say before the consultation closes.”

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