HS2 and what Cheshire East Council will do next 

We are lobbying for investments for an enhanced HS2 Hub Station at Crewe, with increased HS2 connectivity.

A HS2 Hub at Crewe with enhanced HS2 connectivity will bring about extra benefits, not only for Crewe, but for many of the places it serves. 

It would bring even greater connectivity and support for existing businesses, inward investment and job creation. 

Phase 2a 

HS2 Phase 2a received Royal Assent in February 2021, which granted HS2 Ltd the necessary consents and land acquisition powers to build and operate this section of the route.

Cheshire East Council is a Qualifying Authority for Phase 2a, which means that HS2 has to engage with the council and seek its approval on a number of matters including:

  • Construction arrangements
  • Plans and specifications
  • Bringing into use
  • Site restoration schemes.

In addition, as local planning authority and local highway authority, the council is required to approve and consent to a number of works including lorry routes and some highway works.

Phase 2b Western Leg 

On 24th January 2022, the HS2 Phase 2b hybrid bill was deposited in Parliament

On 20 June 2022, the hybrid bill had its second reading in Parliament and the petitioning period was launched the following day (21 June). The petitioning period will run until 4 August 2022.

Any individual or organisation directly impacted by the scheme is able to petition the bill to seek changes to the scheme and additional mitigations against its impacts.

In February 2022, Cheshire East Full Council passed a resolution to petition against the Phase 2b hybrid bill.

Details of hybrid bills and petitioning

Page last reviewed: 23 June 2022