CONFIRMED: Two New HS2 Stations Announced For Greater Manchester
Everything's on track...
The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, has announced two High Speed Rail stations for the Greater Manchester region.
The controversial HS2 line will include stops at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, securing increased freight capacity for the region, along with improved connectivity and journey times across the UK.
Speaking about the announcement, Sir Richard Leese, said:
“Today’s announcement is welcome confirmation that Greater Manchester will play a key role in HS2, and become a hub for rail improvements that will help support a sound economic future for the whole of the north through Northern Powerhouse Rail.
“This should be seen as a reinforcement in the confidence of the region’s economic potential and these infrastructure improvements are the tools we need reach unlock that latent energy.
“We’ll continue to work closely with government to help support the project and begin to drive the major transformational projects that will support HS2 in Greater Manchester.”
The new HS2 line, which is set to link major cities such as London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester has been welcomed by some but it is apparent that others aren't too keen. This is due largely to the projected costs involved as well as the impact the project is set to have on some communities.
HS2 but will the public be able to afford to travel by this fast train we can't afford to travel by slow train— Danny Daniel (@gdaniel883) November 15, 2016
Retweet if you're not happy to pay £60 billion for an overcrowded, overpriced train that gets to Birmingham a few minutes earlier? #HS2— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) November 15, 2016
@VictoriaLIVE HS2. The rich boys train set for visiting the poor of the North. And get home quickly too.— maximillian (@BELIEVETHEREIS) November 15, 2016
How do you feel about the new HS2 network? Will the shorter traveling times be worth the high costs? Let us know in the comments.