HS2 to cut through Tatton on its way to Manchester

HS2 route to cut through Tatton constituency

HS2 route to cut through Tatton constituency

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A NEW high speed rail line will follow the route of the proposed A556 bypass as it passes through George Osborne's Tatton constituency, it has been revealed.

The routes of high-speed rail links to cities in the north of England have been unveiled, in a move Prime Minister David Cameron said would boost Britain's stagnant economy.

Extending the already-planned London to Birmingham HS2 line as far as Manchester is designed to cut journey times, ease overcrowding and boost regional business.

Officials say the £32.7 billion project will create at least 100,000 jobs but the Government is braced for a fresh backlash from rural communities through which the line will pass and some controversy over the chosen location of stations.

The north west route will go from Crewe, before heading east past Lach Dennis and Plumley and then following the proposed A556 bypass route through Tabley and Mere. 

It will then follow the M56, passing Rostherne, before stopping at a new hub at Manchester Airport and then in the centre of Manchester.

The Department for Transport said there would be five stops on the 211-mile Y-shaped extension northwards from Birmingham - scheduled to be completed in 2032, six years after the first phase.

They are: Manchester - alongside the existing Piccadilly station; Manchester Airport - interchange by the M56 between Warburton Green and Davenport Green; in the East Midlands - at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby and one mile from the M1; Sheffield - at Meadowhall shopping centre and Leeds - at New Lane in the South bank area connected to the main station by walkway.

There will also be a "dedicated link" alongside the high-speed line at Crewe to link up with standard trains - reducing journey times to Liverpool and Glasgow.

The project has been welcomed by many civic and business leaders in the region but the first tranche proved controversial, especially in picturesque Tory heartlands which will be affected, such as the Chilterns, infuriating MPs and countryside campaigners.

Labour backs HS2 but says there are "worrying signs" that the timetable is slipping.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that he intended to bring forward the consultation on phase two to begin this year, not 2014, and has asked officials to see whether the entire project can be speeded up.

Chancellor George Osborne told the Press Association that HS2 would be an 'engine for growth' in the north and midlands, creating tens of thousands of jobs across the country.

He acknowledged widespread opposition to the line from communities along its route which face 'very difficult' disruption to their lives, but said the economic benefits were 'pretty compelling'.

What do you think about HS2? Let us know by emailing knutsford@guardiangrp.co.uk

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3:54pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Edward Hunter says...

Another Independent (anti-HS2) M.P. in Tatton at the next election in 2015? and a new anti HS2 Leader for Cheshire East in May as well?
Another Independent (anti-HS2) M.P. in Tatton at the next election in 2015? and a new anti HS2 Leader for Cheshire East in May as well? Edward Hunter
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10:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Deep Throat II says...

At least the member for Tattton is prepared to stand up and say that HS2 has its opponents but he still feels it is worth the massive disruption and blight. As he is now widely viewed as the worst Chancellor in living memory, I suppose he considers there is nothing to lose.

Now, as for a new leader for the council in May, someone who can stand up for our area and not put up with the current sycophancy to Westminster is exactly what is needed.
At least the member for Tattton is prepared to stand up and say that HS2 has its opponents but he still feels it is worth the massive disruption and blight. As he is now widely viewed as the worst Chancellor in living memory, I suppose he considers there is nothing to lose. Now, as for a new leader for the council in May, someone who can stand up for our area and not put up with the current sycophancy to Westminster is exactly what is needed. Deep Throat II
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10:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

cage says...

1) We'll be paying for this white elephant for years to come
2) The tickets will be unaffordable, except of course for MPs and the like who don't pay their own fares
3) The existing service is fast enough and you can always work on the train
4) Massive disruption during construction
5) Increased movement to the airport and hence local congestion
6) It will only stimulate narrow areas such as central Manchester and not the rest of the north
7) Would be far better spent improving the M6 and other transport
8) Airport growth will lead to more planes over Knutsford
9) Another compensation nightmare
10) We should stand up in support of those unfortunate to live in it's path.
AG, Knutsford
1) We'll be paying for this white elephant for years to come 2) The tickets will be unaffordable, except of course for MPs and the like who don't pay their own fares 3) The existing service is fast enough and you can always work on the train 4) Massive disruption during construction 5) Increased movement to the airport and hence local congestion 6) It will only stimulate narrow areas such as central Manchester and not the rest of the north 7) Would be far better spent improving the M6 and other transport 8) Airport growth will lead to more planes over Knutsford 9) Another compensation nightmare 10) We should stand up in support of those unfortunate to live in it's path. AG, Knutsford cage
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11:31am Tue 29 Jan 13

Edward Hunter says...

I understand dissent in Tory Councillor ranks is to be quashed and them to be instructed to follow Cabinet line of pro HS2. Wonder if all will obey though?
I understand dissent in Tory Councillor ranks is to be quashed and them to be instructed to follow Cabinet line of pro HS2. Wonder if all will obey though? Edward Hunter
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