The Labour group on Cheshire East Council welcomes today’s announcement of an HS2 station to be established at Crewe.
Labour has long argued that in order to stimulate the economy, get people back into work and cut the deficit, we need to invest in national infrastructure. The government’s change of heart over investing in capital projects is very welcome.
With the help of its partners Cheshire East Council now needs to deliver on detailed planning to explain what will happen to the existing Crewe Station and how Crewe town and the wider area of Cheshire and North Staffordshire can secure maximum advantage from the construction of HS2.
Cllr David Newton, Labour Group Leader said, “The Labour Group welcomes the announcement that the HS2 will run via Crewe. We very much welcome investment in transport infrastructure, as this will create jobs during the construction phase and also in the long-term. I am delighted that the journey time to London will be cut even further - to under an hour - with the prospect of an international rail link from Crewe to Europe. Crewe will take its rightful place on the European rail map – at long last!”
Cllr Steve Hogben, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, concluded, “The promise of rail investment and links to Europe is very welcome. As a Crewe Councillor I look to this government and its successors to deliver what has been promised. We must keep up the pressure on government to make sure that happens. We must also ensure that the All Change for Crewe initiative and other local plans take full account of the challenges and opportunities offered by the HS2 project. The future location of the rail freight yard at Basford Hall will also need to be considered and resolved. We need joined up thinking so that Crewe benefits fully from this announcement. Crewe must not be by-passed.”