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HS2 confirms plans to extend line to Manchester

by Liam Turner
Artist impression of a HS2 train at a platform

HS2, the company building Britain’s new high-speed railway, has confirmed that a second set of proposed changes to the High Speed Rail (Crewe–Manchester) Bill, has been introduced to Parliament.

HS2 says the submission of Additional Provision 2 (AP2) keeps it on track to open the Crewe–Manchester extension between 2035 and 2041, ensuring zero-carbon rail services extend to Manchester’s two new dedicated HS2 stations at Manchester Airport and Piccadilly.

The High Speed Rail (Crewe–Manchester) Bill, which seeks powers to extend and operate the new high-speed network to Manchester, was submitted to Parliament in January 2022.

The first set of proposed changes to the bill, known as Additional Provision 1 (AP1), was introduced six months later.

One year on from the submission of AP1, communities are now invited to view the latest set of proposed changes and have their say on the supporting documentation through a public consultation.

‘Vastly improve connectivity’

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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The public consultation focuses on two key documents, which outline any new, different, or removed significant environmental effects resulting from the proposed changes.

The consultation opens at 9am on 4 July and closes 11:45am on 31 August.

In some cases, the changes proposed in AP2 require additional land and powers.

HS2’s community engagement team says it is already engaging with individuals and communities affected by the proposals.

Directly affected parties can petition against the changes.

Image: Artist impression of a HS2 train at a platform. Credit: HS2

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