Terry Farrell has unveiled new images of plans to create a massive Superhub at Crewe station as part of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link
Earlier today HS2 chairman David Higgins published a new report which set out his recommendations for a huge multi-modal station at Crewe, further details about the proposed route of HS2 north of Birmingham, and his support for a HS3 link between Manchester and Leeds.
Farrell had previously drawn up less extensive proposals for a new interchange at Crewe (see below) but has since prepared a wider masterplan with Cheshire East Council for a constellation city driven by the enormous new station at its heart.
The proposed Superhub will ‘integrate HS2, West Coast and local services on one level’ and bring together rail and high speed services to give ‘comprehensive cross platform access to the north west’s rail network’.
According to Farrell, the connectivity provided by the Superhub woulod ‘transform the growth potential of the North West and North Midlands’ and heralded it as a ‘stepping stone to delivering the Government’s vision of a fully energised and networked Northern Powerhouse economy’.
Infrastructure partner at Farrells, Neil Bennett said: ‘Building on lessons learnt from our high speed stations in China, we have developed a design for the station which puts the passenger experience at its heart, with easy interchange between HS2 and regular rail services on one level.
‘The Superhub is not only a win for truly networked transport connectivity across the north west, but also for the power of integrated infrastructure to drive growth and regeneration across the northern powerhouse cities.’
Higgins’ other recommendations:
- To continue with the planned route into Manchester city centre via the airport – keeping open the option to add a new airport station.
- Need to review the best station solution for Leeds to include provision for increased east-west services through the city.
- The line should be extended to Crewe by 2027 - six years earlier than originally proposed.
- A new station at Sheffield Meadowhall remains the best way to serve the wider South Yorkshire region, though Higgins recognises Sheffield continues to argue for Sheffield Victoria
- That the East Midlands hub should be near the proposed site at Toton but that its precise location needs further work
The report has now been submitted to Government and the final decision on the recommendations from Sir David will be made by ministers. It is expected that the detailed plans for Phase Two will be published in 2015.
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HS2 stations: Farrell reveals Crewe mega hub plans
Plans by Terry Farrell to transform Crewe station into a new interchange for High Speed 2 have been revealed
The project is part of the government’s preferred route for the £32.7 billion network north of Birmingham which includes new stations at Leeds, Sheffield Meadowhall, Machester and the East Midlands.
Farrell has proposed creating a new hub for hi-tech industries with the potential to kickstart 20,000 jobs and 5,000 homes.
The 340 km-long Y-shaped HS2 extension includes five new stations and is planned to complete by 2033.
In Leeds, there are three options for the new station. The terminus could either be located at Leeds Station North or on the south bank at Sovereign Street South or New Lane (pictured below).
The preferred route will serve Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Crewe and the East Midlands. It is expected the next phase will extend the network to Scotland.
Criticism has already been raised over plans to locate Sheffield’s station at Meadowhall shopping centre on the outskirts rather than in the city centre. An alternative option would be to locate the station at Sheffield Victoria in the north of the city.
A new East Midlands hub is also planned to serve Nottingham and Derby.