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Bennetts plans Manchester stations as city gears up for HS2

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Bennetts Associates has revealed proposals for two rail stations in Manchester as the city gears up for High Speed 2 (HS2)

The practice, which has studios in Manchester as well as London and Edinburgh, contributed designs for Piccadilly and Airport stations as part of a growth strategy published by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

High Speed 2 is due to reach Manchester Piccadilly in 2033, slashing journey times to London.

The GMCA paper, The Stops are just the Start, said: ‘One of the benefits of HS2 for Greater Manchester is that both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will have new high-speed stations.

‘Our vision is that these stations will become interchange facilities, creating an integrated transport system between HS2, Northern Powerhouse rail, local rail, Metrolink and bus transport and intercontinental air connections.’

Bennetts said its ‘one station’ hub designs were intended to encourage infrastructure stakeholders to work together to fully integrate national, regional and local transport modes in ‘world class’ facilities.

Director Julian Lipscombe said: ‘Our work with Mott MacDonald aims to achieve a strength of vision that will enable all stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse.’

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