9th November 2017
Cheshire East Council is launching a public consultation on its draft for a "Masterplan" for Crewe and HS2
The plan, if it is approved will be used to develop investment plans, both for the town centre and the areas around Crewe train station.
The draft is based on the planned HS2 hub station at Crewe which, when complete will serve up to seven high-speed HS2 trains an hour, and provide direct services to Manchester, Birmingham and London.
A significant feature of the plan is a new “commercial hub” around the station comprised of housing more than 350,000sq metres of new commercial floor space.
As well as the Town Centre and the train station the plan includes significant investment in the local road network.
Cheshire East council say the plan would support the creation of almost 40,000 new jobs and 7,000 new homes, by 2043.
Cheshire East Council Leader Rachel Bailey said: “The arrival of HS2 at Crewe by 2027 provides a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver nationally significant transformational economic growth and regeneration – not only to Crewe, but the whole of the sub-region.
“An enhanced Crewe hub station would be the catalyst to deliver this growth, jobs and investment opportunities for Crewe and our partner councils and LEPs in the Constellation Partnership and the wider Midlands and North Wales regions.
“A fully-connected HS2 Crewe hub is a key aim of this council in order to maximise the enormous economic benefits this project will deliver to the whole sub-region and beyond. It reflects a plan-led approach to growth for Cheshire East and our partners.
The six-week consultation will be launched later this month, and will be the first phase of the consultation process.