HS2 in Trafford

Background

HS2 (High Speed Rail 2) is a massive infrastructure project intended to create high-speed rail links between London and major cities in the Midlands and North of England including Manchester.

It will cost tens of billions of pounds and is aimed at cutting journey times and increasing capacity on the rail network between key cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and London. It's hoped HS2 will create jobs and grow the UK economy outside London.

Trafford Council supports in principal the building of HS2 but does have some concerns about the impact part of the route could potentially have on residents and business and will be making its views known at the appropriate times.

However please note that Trafford Council cannot make or submit comments, representations, petition or ask questions to HS2 Ltd on behalf of our residents and businesses. If you want to give your views about the proposals then you must do this directly to HS2 Ltd and/or the Government via the appropriate methods and contact details which you can find on their website

More details about the planned route and how it will affect Trafford are outlined below.

Contact details for comments and queries

HS2 is what is known as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and Trafford Council like residents and businesses is a consultee to the HS2 process. All comments and queries regarding HS2 must therefore be directed to HS2 Ltd. Contact details for HS2 Ltd.

Please note that Trafford Council cannot pass on comments, questions, representations or petitions to HS2 Ltd on your behalf. These must be sent directly to HS2 Ltd and/or the Government via the appropriate methods and contact details stated. 

The latest information on HS2 can be found on the HS2 Ltd website.

Latest news

Following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) and Union Connectivity Report (UCR) it is anticipated that the Hybrid Bill for Phase 2b (Crewe to Greater Manchester) will be laid before Parliament in early 2022. This will trigger a consultation on the associated Environmental Statement (ES) for a minimum of 8 weeks, to which the Council will provide a response.

What is HS2 and what does it mean for Trafford?

The Government has proposed a high-speed rail line (HS2), connecting:

  • London to the West Midlands (Phase 1)
  • West Midlands to Crewe (Phase 2a)
  • Crewe to Greater Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire (Phase 2b)

Two new high speed rail lines of are proposed under Phase 2b and will partly run through Trafford. A new station at Manchester Airport is also proposed which will be located within the borough. See the proposed routes, and use the route map to find the area(s) you are interested in.

The two routes through Trafford are known as the ‘Manchester Spur’ to Manchester Piccadilly via a new Airport Station and the ‘Golborne Link’, which will create a new line to Wigan.

These two sections of Phase 2b are known as ‘community areas’ MA04 Broomedge to Glazebrook (Golborne Link) and MA06 Hulseheath to Manchester Airport (Manchester Spur).

What is Trafford Council’s Position?

The Council is supportive of HS2, and believes it reinforces Trafford and Greater Manchester as the best place to live and do business in the city region providing that the right level of regional and local connectivity is provided through the proposed Manchester Airport Station transport hub.

The investment in a high-speed rail connection (HS2) will confirm Trafford and Greater Manchester as the most connected city region in the UK and will support existing businesses, inward investment and job creation in and around the borough.

While no new stations are proposed along the Golborne Link (line to Wigan) in the vicinity of Trafford, providing limited direct benefits to the borough, the potential economic and social benefits to other areas of the North West and Wigan in particular are substantial. While this has benefits for the North West’s connectivity, the Council does have some significant concerns about the impacts of the Golborne Link and will be raising these in its response to the Environmental Statement. It is likely therefore that the Council (along with partners) will be petitioning the Hybrid Bill to ensure that the impacts of the lines’ creation on communities, businesses and environment are minimised and mitigated as far as possible.

It is anticipated therefore, that the Council will be objecting to various aspects of the Golborne Link during the formal Environmental Statement consultation and ‘petitioning’ phases.

What is Trafford Council’s Role?

HS2 is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and Trafford Council like residents and businesses is a consultee to the HS2 process.

As the Local Authority, the Council is directly affected by the HS2 proposals and as such, will be formally responding to the Environmental Statement that will accompany the Hybrid Bill deposition. It is also likely that the Council (along with partners) will be petitioning the Hybrid Bill to ensure that the impacts of the lines’ creation on communities, businesses and environment are minimised and mitigated as far as possible.

If the Hybrid Bill receives Royal Assent and passes into law, the Council will be required to process and determine detailed planning and highway applications among other affected statutory functions.

When would construction start and when could trains start running?

The Integrated Rail Plan includes an indicative and high level timetable for HS2 Phase 2b between Crewe and Manchester, indicating the following timescales:

  • Early to Mid 2020s – Hybrid Bill Deposition and Royal Assent
  • Mid 2020s to Late 2030s/ early 2040s Construction of routes and stations
  • Early to Mid 2040s Completion of Phase 2b Construction and Trains Running

What is Trafford Council doing to maximise the benefits and minimise the impacts of HS2?

The Council has established an internal cross-departmental team from across all relevant services and directorates to evaluate and respond to the various Trafford specific matters that may arise as a result of HS2 at all stages.

Trafford Council is also working closely and collaborating with a number of key partners and neighbouring authorities to ensure a consistent approach and response wherever possible as well as share appropriate resources. Key partners and neighbouring authorities include Manchester City Council, Wigan Council, Cheshire East, Warrington Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester Airport Group, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other statutory bodies.

How will the community and those directly affected be consulted and informed?

It is the responsibility of HS2 Ltd to carry out appropriate consultation with communities and directly affected persons. Information pertaining to HS2 Ltd. community engagement can be found on their website.

Whilst HS2 Ltd is responsible for community engagement and consultation, the Council recognises that communities will naturally be interested to know what is happening and how they can be notified and/or get involved. The Council will therefore maintain and update this webpage as regularly as possible providing links to relevant HS2 Ltd documentation etc. available on their website.

HS2 Ltd have a webpage dedicated to property owners.

Additionally HS2 Ltd have published a short guide for each of the ‘community areas’ which provide some useful information:

Where practicable, the Council will use a range of mechanisms, such as the local press, libraries and social media etc. to raise awareness of key updates and/or developments.

What are the Next Steps?

HS2 Phase 2b, will be delivered by an Act of Parliament, known as a Hybrid Bill. This Bill (essentially the planning application for HS2) will need to go through a number of stages in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, before receiving Royal Assent and being passed into law.

The process governing the Hybrid Bill process is available in this document prepared by HS2.

It is anticipated that the Hybrid Bill for HS2 Phase 2b will be laid before Parliament in early 2022 which will trigger a minimum of 8 weeks consultation on the Environmental Statement.

Where can I find out more information and who should I contact?

The latest information on HS2 can be found on the HS2 Ltd website.

All questions relating to HS2 should be directed to HS2 Ltd as set out on their website.

HS2 is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and Trafford Council like residents and businesses is a consultee to the HS2 process. All comments and queries regarding HS2 must therefore be directed to HS2 Ltd. Contact details for HS2 Ltd can be found on their website.

Please note that Trafford Council cannot pass on comments, questions, representations or petitions to HS2 Ltd on your behalf. These must be sent directly to HS2 Ltd and/or the Government via the appropriate methods and contact details stated.