How HS2 is physically proposed to affect Cheshire East: Ward by Ward
Under the initial preferred route, the HS2 line will run under Crewe, without stopping there. However, Crewe will benefit in that the existing West Coast Main Line will take two high speed trains to and from Crewe station each hour, with a connection to the new HS2 line just south of Crewe. This will allow high speed rail services to run between London and Crewe in 55 minutes.
Below is a breakdown of how the HS2 route would impact on each of the Cheshire East wards it is proposed to run through.
Properties in some wards are likely to be affected either directly, possibly requiring demolition. Properties can also be indirectly impacted in that a parcel of land may need to be acquired or there could a noise or visual impact of both the construction or operation of this major new railway.
For people or businesses affected (including farms), the Government consulted on the introduction of a discretionary Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) for HS2 in May, 2013. The Council responded to this robustly to try and ensure that the interests of those affected are dealt with in a fair, reasonable and timely manner.
We expect another announcement on compensation schemes to be announced in autumn 2015.
For further inspection of the exact routes, please visit the Route map West Midlands to Manchester.
The HS2 line enters Cheshire East at Blakenhall where it will go under Checkley Lane and Den Lane and cut into the land either side of the line. Trains will enter Chorlton and go over a major new railway bridge at Chorlton Lane. This is where the existing West Coast Main Line and HS2 line begin running alongside each other. Significant embankment work will be carried out on the western side of the new line, where properties in this area will be affected.
Between Chorlton Lane and the A500 there will be a switch point which will allow trains to join/leave the HS2 mainline from/to Crewe Station. This will be facilitated by an elevated viaduct over the existing railway line. This will have a major impact on the surrounding residential areas.
A major reworking of the road network in Basford is planned to accommodate the new line. Basford Hall Bridge and the bridges at Newcastle Road and Casey Lane are to close and be replaced by a single new bridge just south of Casey Lane, with road connections feeding to it. A realignment of the A500, including a new bridge over the HS2 line and the West Coast Main Line on the north side of the existing bridge, also forms part of the plans.
The planned maintenance depot is proposed to be at the Basford West strategic employment site alongside the existing sidings. New sidings will be created, which are set to begin at the new Casey Lane bridge. The impact of this proposal on the Basford West development plans are being examined.
The new HS2 line and the West Coast Main Line will continue to run in parallel on the approach to Crewe.
Crewe South/Crewe East/Crewe Central/Crewe West
The new HS2 route will then begin to enter a twin tunnel just south of Crewe Station (at the back of Weston Road). These two tunnels which will run parallel under the West Coast Main Line. From this point onwards, the high speed trains will not be visible throughout central Crewe. The twin tunnel goes under Crewe Station and then continues to follow the West Coast Main Line straight under Crewe Heritage Centre, under Vernon Way and then on under Broad Street.
Crewe South Councillors
Crewe East Councillors
Crewe Central Councillor
Crewe West Councillors
Crewe North/Crewe St Barnabas/Crewe East/Leighton
The twin tunnel continues under Bradfield Road and emerges just south of Parkers Road railway bridge, where an additional bridge will be provided over HS2. Some excavation work will be required slightly to the east side of the existing rail line at this stage. Trains will become visible again from this point forward and will again impact on nearby properties.
Crewe North Councillor
Crewe St Barnabas Councillor
The HS2 line heads north through the Minshull Vernon parish area, peels off the West Coast Main Line and crosses beneath the A530. It then continues at ground level into the Cheshire West and Chester Council area before crossing beneath Clive Green Lane and then over the Shropshire Union canal. At the back of the Winsford Industrial Estate the line enters a deep cutting, providing for a diversion of the A54 and A533 at a single crossing point of the new line to the west of Middlewich.
Brereton Rural Councillor
As HS2 comes back into Cheshire East in the north of the Borough, a series of continuous viaducts start at Wade Brook in Cheshire West and then over the existing Mid Cheshire railway line and over the junction of the A556 and A559. Viaducts then continue over Peover Eye and Smoker Brook.
The line goes under Pickmere Lane and School Lane is to be diverted to Pickmere Lane to avoid another HS2 crossing. The line also goes under Budworth Road. Some properties are likely to be affected here. It then goes over the M6 motorway just north of Junction 19 and then under a realigned Hoo Green Lane. The A50 is also to be realigned at Hoo Green to cross over HS2.
The HS2 line then splits into two, with a line towards Wigan and the ‘station approach’ line towards Manchester Airport. The main line goes under Peacock Lane, Agden Lane and the M56, before reaching the A56, which will be realigned and HS2 will go over it. Nearby Agden Lane will be closed and Warrington Lane diverted. Properties are likely to be affected here.
The main line will be joined by a ‘spur line’ at this point (although the connection point will be slightly further north into the Warrington Borough area). The spur line would also link the Wigan-bound and Manchester Airport-bound station lines to create an all movement junction.
The spur line (heading in the direction of its link with the station approach line) crosses over Agden Brook flood plain courtesy of a viaduct and under the M56 before Junction 8. It continues under Reddy Lane, running in close proximity to properties. Major excavations are planned either side of the line here.
Coe Lane will be closed at its crossing with HS2, more excavations are planned and properties are likely to be affected.
Meanwhile, the station approach line curves from the main line to connect Hoo Green Lane with the spur line at the HS2 crossing under the A556. The line then goes underneath a realigned Peacock/Chapel Lane and then under Millington Lane.
High Legh Councillor
The spur line meets the station approach line under the planned A556 road, then crossing under a realigned Tom Lane. Excavations are planned either side of the line running parallel with the M56. Properties are likely to be affected. It then crosses viaducts over Blackburn’s Brook and Birkin’s Brook.
There will be a crossing under a realigned Ashley Road and Lamb Lane will be diverted to avoid crossing HS2. HS2 crosses the existing railway just south of Ashley and then crosses over a realigned Mobberley Road.
As it enters the village of Thorns Green, HS2 travels under Brickhill Lane and Mill Lane, where properties are likely to be affected.
A viaduct will then cross over the River Bollin flood plain before leaving Cheshire East and into the village of Halebank. More properties will be affected here. The M56 will be remodelled at Junction 6 to accommodate the new Manchester Interchange and HS2 station at the airport.
Route map West Midlands to Manchester
Detailed diagrams are available at the Department for Transport (DFT) Route map West Midlands to Manchester.