Crewe is a dump and Stoke-on-Trent is even worse – Northern Gateway boss
“Crewe is a bloody dump and Stoke-on-Trent is even worse,” says Jackie Sadek, chairwoman of the Northern Gateway Development Zone (NGDZ), “but in less than 11 years Crewe will be the best connected place in the country and the best place for accommodation too.”
Her pithy comments were made at Landor’s 2017 Rail Stations & Property Conference; she was referring to the town as well as the station.
Sadek’s faith in the future is based on the assumed rejuvenating properties of HS2.
“High speed rail created 116,000 new jobs in Lille between 1993 and 2001, and 56,000 new jobs in Zaragoza in five years. And there are many other international examples as well. NGDZ believes that HS2 could create up to 120,000 new jobs by 2040.”
NGDZ is a collaborative venture between seven local authorities and two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Its zone extends from Staffordshire in the West Midlands to Greater Manchester in the north.
The proposed Crewe superhub would give 360 degree connectivity with six classic lines. As well as the WCML link serving London and Scotland, Crewe is also directly connected to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, north Wales, central Wales, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.