Chairman of HS2 confident it will benefit Staffordshire and Cheshire

The chairman of HS2 has said that he expects the wider region to benefit from a hub station at Crewe.

Sir David Higgins has visited the town, after recommending it is the location for the hub station, and provision is put in place to serve Stoke-on-Trent.

He met with Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey to discuss the authority's plans to make the most of the development.

Sir David said: "Stoke, Staffordshire and Crewe have very ambitious plans for 100,000 homes and 140,000 jobs. 

"What we have always wanted to make sure is that the station itself integrates into the local transports networks, but also the masterplans for the city region, which are currently out for consultation."

But he said it was for local authorities and MPs, not HS2 itself or the government, to ensure that the ambitions they have come to fruition. 

He said: "The massive change that has happened in the last three to four years is that the ownership of HS2 is now very much controlled by the regions.

"It is no longer a Whitehall owned or controlled project, and that is its strength."

Sir David also visited Crewe's University Technical College, which is looking to train engineers of the future, as well as luxury car makers Bentley.

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