Crewe HS2 superhub will offer 360° rail connectivity
Crewe will be the first place where HS2 will join up with the rest of the rail network, Neil Bennett told the conference.
Bennett is a strategic architecture and urban design planner with Farrells, and also works for Cheshire East Council.
Although quite a small place, Crewe serves a large catchment area and calls itself the ‘northern gateway’. By connecting HS2 to Crewe, cross platform interchanges would be made to a wide range of destinations from all arcs of the compass:
When HS2 is complete, 4.9 million people would be within one hour’s journey travelling time from the town:
Crewe is also well connected to the strategic road network.
Bennett said people got the stations they didn’t deserve; Crewe station was not a very attractive place at the moment, and that Bentley – which has a plant in Crewe – would not allow its executives to use it!
It was necessary to link all the transport networks to get the maximum benefit. This had been accomplished in the Randstad towns in the Netherlands; it enjoyed proper regional planning, had one airport and one seaport, and was an economically successful area:
Bennett said the same kind of transformation should be possible in the North West, where distances were comparable to those in the Randstad.
An exclusive report from Landor’s 16th Rail Stations & Property Summit, London, 18 February, 2016