On 9 March the government announced its support for ‘the’ Crewe HS2 hub, following a consultation which yielded just 146 responses (some of which were categorised as null responses, including: identical responses from a single respondent, blank responses, and requests for specific information).
[Government confirms commitment to Crewe Hub vision, gov.uk, 9 Mar 2018]
“… the government’s support for the Crewe Hub vision means plans for HS2 Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will be modified to include:
* extension of Platform 5 at Crewe to 400 metres, to allow for the splitting and joining of HS2 services, which also opens opportunities to serve Stoke-on-Trent with HS2
* a more efficient design for the proposed platform on the Manchester independent lines, incorporating a transfer deck to the main station
* a change to the design of the southern connection from HS2, so that HS2 joins…
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