HS2 stations needed at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport

HS2 stations will be needed at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport by 2040 to accommodate the city’s growth, according to a draft strategy.

The draft Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, which is to be considered at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting on Friday, says that the city needs new investment in its transport networks to accommodate issues such as economic growth, a growing population with increasing numbers of both elderly and young people, the need to reduce road deaths, greenhouse gas emissions and obesity.

The strategy says that HS2, which could reduce journey times from Manchester to London to 68 minutes and introduce 180,000 jobs and £1.3bn GVA, is crucial to the city’s growth.

Greater Manchester’s interim mayor Tony Lloyd said: “This is about Greater Manchester creating a successful, resilient city region, ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, and the proposed draft strategy shows how we can do that.”

The report also says that Greater Manchester’s local transport network needs more electrification, new rolling stock, higher rail service frequencies, new services, gauge improvements, the removal of network pinch points and integrated ticketing to allow it to connect to HS2.

A new trans-Pennine route to cities such as Sheffield, which would take the pressure off roads and allow all northern cities direct access to Manchester Airport, has also been recommended. This echoed a recent Transport Committee report which said that HS2 must improve its links to airports.

Transport for the North’s spring report included encouraging recommendations for Manchester, including a new east-west line and potential to integrate the HS2 infrastructure between Manchester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool.

Transport for the North estimates that £15-20bn government investment is necessary in a 15-year transport plan for the region.

Yesterday the National Infrastructure Commission recommended that plans to develop the HS3 network should be complete by the end of 2017 with benefits being felt between Manchester and Leeds by 2022.


Peter Davidson   18/03/2016 at 13:10

I support the principles underpinning new rail line capacity as an integral element of long term UK transport strategy. However, the biggest single flaw in current HS2 plans is its lack of ambition. HS2 should form the first part of a much larger plan to connect a large majority of the UK into a future UK-wide High Speed Rail network. In that sense proposals for a new trans-pennine rail line; HS3 or NPR (or whatever title it goes by) are a positive step forward but as ever the devil is in the detail? NPR should be a largely new line, constructed (or where upgraded from existing track) to GC gauge compliance and linked seamlessly into both of the planned Eastern and Western arms of HS2 phase 2 - those junctions should enable both north and south bound services - in other words new High Quality, High Resilience, High Speed services between a range of UK provincial cities should be the final goal (Leeds to Edinburgh, Manchester & Liverpool to Glasgow) - all roads (or rail lines) do NOT lead to London, even in highly centralised Britain! The Merseyside Region's proposal to link Liverpool directly into any burgeoning UK High Speed network should also be encouraged by Westminster based strategists - it's a no-brainer to propose a future new rail line linking HS2 phase 2, westward into Liverpool, thus utilising very expensive existing plans, not just once but twice - two for the price of one! The recent Respublica paper shows how 60km, or about half of any future NPR Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-Hull artery, could be in-situ by 2030. It just needs vision, combined with a concerted political will from Westminster and a much needed dose of common sense?

Nonsuchmike   18/03/2016 at 20:16

Do we really and truly need a dead-end terminus @ Manchester (or Leeds come to that)? What an expensive extravaganza and showpiece for male chauvinism that would be. Surely a better masterplan would be to build through stations in both cities which will benefit both north south and east west travelers whether using dedicated HS services or other fast and local trains. Short termism will restrict future generations of travelers and planners as well as build-in massive financial and physical constructional constraints for those who follow us.

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