HS2 stations and trains
Next to the Basford sidings in the Basford West strategic development site, the plans include a maintenance and infrastructure depot to serve the HS2 line north of Birmingham. This facility is likely to create 150-200 local jobs, the precise details of which have yet to be confirmed.
Crewe station will continue its vital role as a major connection point with the rest of the North West, Liverpool, North Wales and the Potteries’ existing rail network. From 2032, these services will be able to connect at Crewe to take advantage of the new high speed service to London.
The high speed trains that will operate between Crewe and London are ‘Classic Compatible Trains’. This means they can run at high speed on the new line and also convert to operate on the existing rail network at normal operating speeds. These will be new trains. As well as running from Crewe to London they will also serve Liverpool and Scotland from Crewe.
The high speed trains from Manchester are dedicated to the new high speed rail network and will not stop at Crewe in the current plans.
The overall number of high speed rail services, both ‘dedicated’ and ‘classic compatible’, is limited to the line capacity between Birmingham and London Euston, which is 18 trains an hour in each direction. A network of proposed services will utilise this full capacity and these include two trains between Crewe and London. There will be spare capacity on the lines from the new Birmingham stations going north. This network will continue to be developed over the coming years.
Additionally, the new line will free up additional capacity on the existing West Coast Main Line, allowing the potential for additional services and destinations to be served from Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Crewe.
With these current plans, we will have very good connectivity to London from Crewe and Manchester Airport for the whole of the borough. What we are missing out on with the current proposals is high speed connectivity from Crewe to Manchester, Scotland and Birmingham. These benefits would not just be for Crewe, but for all the rail connectivity as a regional hub which serves across the North West, North Wales, Liverpool and the Potteries.