The Government announced on
Monday 28th January 2013 plans for a high speed rail (HS2) and economic
benefits for the United Kingdom and in particular Cheshire. The proposed HS2
route will provide improved connectivity for trains for Chester, North Wales,
Liverpool and Manchester to London, connecting to the new route at Crewe.
Although details are still to be
finalised, the Cheshire West and Chester Council have hailed the project as an
‘engine for growth’ and welcomed the potential investment and job creation such
a scheme could bring.
The preferred route runs north
from Birmingham along two branches, with one of the routes passing through West
Cheshire (see attached plan) before heading to Manchester and Manchester Airport.
The final route for phase two is expected to be chosen by the end of April 2014
following consultation. Construction will start in the middle of the next
decade with the line open by 2032-2033.
Details of the proposals are
listed on https://www.gov.uk/hs2-phase-two-initial-preferred-route-plan-and-profile-maps
Or log onto the Department for Transports website for more information
Are you to be affected? Speak to John
Fifield or Charles Fifield in Cheshire regarding potential compensation.