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Terry Farrell’s HS2 vision for central Crewe

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Sir Terry Farrell’s “compelling initial masterplan vision for central Crewe”, dated July 2012, was hosted on the HS2 Ltd website (still available as of 20 March 2014).

Crewe rail hub vision, Cheshire East council, July 2012

The plan was commissioned by Cheshire East council and Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Board, but did not find favour with the government.

In HS2 Ltd’s January 2013 Consultation Route proposal, the western (Manchester) leg of the Y network was routed under Crewe station, with a connection allowing classic services from Lancashire and Merseyside to run via HS2 to London. There was no provision for captive (Manchester — London) HS2 trains to stop.

From 'Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE', July 2012, rail exchange concept

From ‘Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE’, July 2012, rail exchange concept

From 'Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE', July 2012 road concept

From ‘Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE’, July 2012 road concept

From 'Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE', July 2012, sustainable rapid transit concept

From ‘Rail Town to High Speed Rail City: A VISION FOR CREWE’, July 2012, sustainable rapid transit concept

[‘A Vision for Growth in South Cheshire: Our proposition for a HS2 Hub Station at Crewe’, Cheshire East council and Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Board, July 2012]

This document provides a compelling initial masterplan vision for central Crewe. It has been prepared by Sir Terry Farrell and his team, who have unique experience of high speed rail in Asia, and who have also similarly advised on the potential of the HS2 Old Oak Interchange. Depending on the route chosen for the second phase of HS2, the vision clearly demonstrates how an HS2 Hub Station at Crewe would act as a major catalyst for the local, sub regional and regional regeneration and economic growth, by maximising the advantage of Crewe’s
unrivalled connectivity.

Our key messages are:

• We are an already successful economy – a excellent base to grow from

• Delivers on Government transport and economic policies

• Adds significant GVA, jobs and transport benefits to the case for HS2 and provides tangible support for our existing 30,000 businesses.

• Provides 360 degree rail connectivity onto the HS2 network – Crewe is the hub point for the NW’s rail network

• Provides a station accessible to potential 6 million passengers by all modes of transport

• Crewe was the historic choice for rail and we should exploit that unique legacy to be the future choice for rail networks serving our region – all this connectivity can only be achieved at Crewe

• Within the centre of Crewe alone, there is the potential for at minimum 20,000 jobs and 5,000 homes, all generated by the HS2 hub station

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Written by beleben

March 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. […] East council performed its own volte face, and no longer supports Farrells’ July 2012 vision of a hub on the existing station site. In the February 2014 “‘High Growth Region‘ […]


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