Plans Announced to Improve Access to Manchester Airport’s Proposed HS2/NPR Station

HS2 and National Highways have developed new plans to improve access to the proposed combined HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station at Manchester Airport.

Their idea could also help to reduce congestion on local roads.

Artist's impression of an HS2 train from the side
Artist’s impression of an HS2 train from the side

The partners propose relocating junction six of the M56 motorway; completing the works in tandem with HS2’s construction to reduce the long-term impact on local communities and road users.

The changes reflect ongoing design and engagement work undertaken during the phase 2b Western Leg (northern extension) Crewe – Manchester bill process.

HS2 submitted the hybrid bill to parliament last January, requesting the legislative powers to build and operate the northern extension, which is scheduled to begin passenger services between 2035 and 2040.

“The new combined HS2 and NPR station at Manchester Airport will deliver a major boost to the North West’s economy and we believe there’s further potential for growth if additional capacity is created on the surrounding road networks.

“HS2’s arrival is already spearheading development plans for more new homes and premium commercial space in the area.

“This enhanced connectivity could bolster those plans, help to futureproof the road network, and benefit local communities by reducing congestion.”

Initial concepts for the new junction see the M56 realigned to the south and the existing junction converted to a roundabout, with the HS2 railway running underneath.

Link roads would connect the new junction to the local road network, while the existing roundabouts at Junction 6 would be converted to signal-controlled junctions.

From here, a direct link would be created to the station with a flyover crossing Hale Road and running parallel to the motorway.

The plans also include upgrading the Runger Lane/Avro Way junction to signal-controlled operation.

HS2 has begun the process of engaging with local communities regarding the new plans, and the proposal will be formally submitted to parliament later this year for approval.

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