The next phase of high-speed rail line HS2 connecting Birmingham and Crewe has been given the green light. MPs met on Thursday, February 11 to give the go-ahead to the next phase of Britain’s high speed rail network. The project is set to include;
- 36 Miles of Track
- 2 Tunnels
- 17 Viaducts
- 36 Embankments
- 26 Cuttings
- 65 Bridges
- 1 Maintenance site
The project claims to be creating jobs in the post pandemic economic recovery with 5,000 jobs during construction of this phase, with many more in the supply chain. The Department of Transport is planning to also support 140 permanent jobs at its maintenance base near Stone in Staffordshire.
Crewe already has a strong railway heritage and so this exciting news will hopefully bring a range of opportunities for businesses in the area.
Construction of phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe is due to begin in 2024