HS2 in Cheshire East

The Government has proposed a high-speed rail line (HS2), connecting:

  • London to the West Midlands (Phase 1)
  • West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester
  • West Midlands to Crewe (Phase 2a)
  • from Crewe to Greater Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire (Phase 2b)

It is expected that Phase 1 will be delivered by 2026, with Phase 2a delivered the following year. It is anticipated that Phase 2b will be complete by 2033. 

The Council is supportive of HS2, and believes it reinforces Cheshire East as the best place to live and do business in the North West providing that the right level of connectivity is provided through the Crewe Hub Station.

The investment in a high-speed rail connection (HS2) will consolidate Cheshire East as one of the most connected areas in the UK and will support existing businesses, inward investment and job creation in and around Crewe.

The latest announcements place Crewe central to the plans; the route will pass through various parts of Cheshire East, with a Hub Station at Crewe and Rolling Stock Depot north of Crewe.

You can see how the current preferred route (most recently updated in 2017) would affect Cheshire East, ward by ward. We have worked with the DfT (Department for Transport) and HS2 Ltd to protect our historic assets. 

The HS2 Phase 2a

The HS2 Phase 2a engagement team are holding in-person one-to-one meetings in various locations across Phase 2a. The list of sessions can be accessed via the HS2 event pages, https://www.hs2.org.uk/events/ and seen in the table below.

We realise that this will be the first opportunity for many people to book a face-to-face to meeting in some time, so we have a good range of venues on offer, with more to follow.

The table shows locations where appointments are available and the date they are being held. Due to the nature of the geography of HS2, many of these initial events are being held in Staffordshire. Cheshire East residents are welcome to attend any of the events shown.

If you have any further questions about these events, please contact the HS2 helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

HS2 Phase 2a
Location Venue Date Event Registration link 
Madeley The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley, Nr Crewe, CW3 9DN Friday 22 October https://22madeley.eventbrite.co.uk
Colton Colton Village Hall, Bellamour Way, Rugeley WS15 3NL Tuesday 26 October https://26colton.eventbrite.co.uk
Whitmore Whitmore Village Hall, Coneygreave Lane, Whitmore, Newcastle Under Lyme ST5 5HX Wednesday 27 October https://27whitmore.eventbrite.co.uk
Longdon Longdon Village Hall, Brook End, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 4PN Thursday 28 October https://28longdon.eventbrite.co.uk
Weston All Saints Church Hall, Main Road, Shavington, CW2 5DP Friday 29 October https://29weston.eventbrite.co.uk
Hough Hough Village Hall, Cobbs Lane, Hough, CW2 5JN Tuesday 2 November https://1hough.eventbrite.co.uk
Stone Rural Council Office, Moddershall, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8TG Tuesday 2 November https://2stone.eventbrite.co.uk
Ingestre Ingestre Village Hall, 2 Ivy Cottages, Tixall, Stafford, ST18 0XT Wednesday 3 November https://4stone.eventbrite.co.uk
Stone Town Stone Station Community Centre, Station Approach, Stone, ST15 8LH Thursday 4 November https://4stone.eventbrite.co.uk
Yarnfield Yarnfield Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0N Monday 8 November https://8yarnfield.eventbrite.co.uk