Parish Council’s position/actions
Weston and Basford Parish Council believes HS2 will benefit Crewe and the surrounding area provided that a sufficient number of HS2 trains call at Crewe Station and provided that the effects of the construction and operation of the new railway on the Parish can be satisfactorily mitigated.
The Parish Council has been working closely with four neighbouring Parish Councils affected by HS2 - Doddington and District Parish Council, Hatherton and Walgherton Parish Council, Hough and Chorlton Parish Council and Wybunbury Parish Council (together the ‘Wybunbury Combined Parishes’) - and with the Cheshire East Councillor for Wybunbury Ward, Councillor Janet Clowes, to monitor progress and respond to issues as they arise.
The Parish Council, representatives of the Combined Parishes and Cheshire East Council, have had regular meetings with senior representatives from the HS2 Phase 2a team over the last five years. Issues and concerns have been raised and mitigation measures discussed.
A particular concern was the proposed use of local roads for heavy construction traffic. A petition was submitted to Parliament by the Combined Parishes in Spring 2018 objecting to the original plans. The Parish Council is pleased that the concerns raised have been taken on-board and it is has been confirmed that HS2 Ltd will use a haul road along the line of the new railway, with access from A500, for most of their construction traffic.
The Parish Council will continue to liaise closely with HS2, in conjunction with Councillor Clowes, the other Combined Parishes and Cheshire East, to monitor construction progress and discuss issues that affect our Parish.
HS2 document/website links:
CLICK HERE to see the HS2 Update for February 2021 prepared by the Community Engagement Manager HS2a Ltd
CLICK HERE to visit the website of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, the company owned by the Department of Transport which is to build the new high speed railway: www.HS2.org.uk
CLICK HERE to read the Phase 2a newsletter for Winter 20/Spring 21 issued by HS2 in conjunction with their main contractor, Balfour Beatty.
CLICK HERE to visit the Government’s HS2 website which gives access to all Government documents relating the new high speed railway: www.gov.uk/HS2
CLICK HERE for Parish Council’s Summary of the impact of HS2 Phase 2a on Weston and Basford Parish prepared October 2017, updated April 2020
When HS2 is completed it is proposed that two high speed trains each hour, in each direction, will make a stop at Crewe Station, providing high speed services to and from London.
The Government and Cheshire East Council support building a major Hub station on the existing Crewe Station site to enable more HS2 trains to stop at Crewe. This will require significant changes to Crewe Station and the surrounding area.
Cheshire East Council published the Crewe Hub Area Action Plan in March 2020 which sets out the Council’s preferred approach to development of the area around the station and its links to the town centre. The planned consultation on the Action Plan has been delayed due to Covid.
Parish Council’s position/actions
The Parish Council supports the redevelopment of Crewe Station to become an interchange Hub between HS2 and the West Coast Mainline, provided that the redevelopment of the area around the station is done sensitively and that a ‘green gap’ is maintained between it and Weston and Basford, such that the character of our Parish is maintained.
The Parish Council will be commenting on the Crewe Hub Area Action Plan when Cheshire East opens this up for consultation.
Crewe Hub Station document/website links:
CLICK HERE for the Cheshire East Crewe Hub Area Action Plan March 2020
CLICK HERE for Parish Council's response dated 22 March 2019 to Cheshire East's Crewe Station Hub Action Development Strategy March 2019