honours - parents protest over school funding - Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Minister for Children and Families

Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson believes the decision to site HS2 hub station in Crewe is “fantastic”.

Conservative MP Mr Timpson says he has been pestering Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to make Crewe’s case, and to speed the project up.

He said: “HS2 will open up South Cheshire to international business, by providing the extra rail capacity and speed from London that we so badly need.

“This can only mean more jobs for local people.

“I have been working very hard in Westminster to make the case for an HS2 hub station at Crewe, and to speed up the project.

“Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of state for Transport, is sick of me pestering him!

“So to be told that the evidence is pointing towards an integrated, HS2 hub station at Crewe and that it will be able to bring high levels of benefits is fantastic.”

The Government is now commissioning Network Rail and HS2 Ltd to consider options for a hub that could be delivered up to six years earlier than planned.

“We also have the rail skills and service industries here to make HS2 a continued success, both during construction and beyond,” added Mr Timpson.

“From the passenger’s point of view, it will provide comfortable, fast travel to Crewe from London in under an hour, freeing up space on the currently overcrowded West Coast Main Line for commuters. Everyone wins.

“But, perhaps most of all, it cements Crewe’s position as the gateway to the North West, not only in terms of geography, but also in terms of transport connections.

“The old saying ‘change at Crewe’ has never been more apt.”

HS2 Hub station plan for Crewe

One Comment

  1. John says:

    This is what Wikipedia has to say about the cost of HS2. The jobs created are welcome, of course, but I can’t help thinking the cost/benefit analysis just doesn’t stack up …….. “June 2013 saw the projected cost rise by £10bn to £42.6bn[127] and, less than a week later, it was revealed that the DfT had been using an outdated model to estimate the productivity increases associated with the railway, which meant the project’s economic benefits were overstated.[128] Peter Mandelson, a key advocate of HS2 when the Labour Party was in government, declared shortly thereafter that HS2 would be an “expensive mistake”,[129] and also admitted that the inception of HS2 was “politically driven” to “paint an upbeat view of the future” following the financial crash. He further admitted that the original cost estimates were “almost entirely speculative” and that “[p]erhaps the most glaring gap in the analysis presented to us at the time were the alternative ways of spending £30bn.”[130] Boris Johnson similarly warned that the costs of the scheme would be in excess of £70 billion.[131] The Institute of Economic Affairs estimates that it will cost more than £80 billion.[132]”

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