HS2 stations and trains

A HS2 Hub Station at the existing Crewe site 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.

Crewe will receive HS2 services as part of Phase 2a, between 2029 and 2033, with new high-speed services to London. 

The Phase 2a proposals will see platform 5 at Crewe station lengthened to enable 400m long HS2 trains to split and join at Crewe, to enable Crewe to serve more destinations north.

Additionally, Phase 2a will enable an hourly HS2 service between Macclesfield and London, calling at Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.

With these current plans, Cheshire East will have high speed connectivity to London from Crewe and Macclesfield.

The proposed plans for Phase 2b include a Crewe Northern Connection, a junction north of Crewe.

This is a key piece of infrastructure that would enable northbound high-speed services calling at Crewe station, to return to the HS2 network, which could enable more HS2 services to call at Crewe.

Page last reviewed: 23 June 2022