Statement about HS2

Published: Wednesday, 12th February 2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council today welcomes the news that HS2 trains will come to the city.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday the Handsacre Link, which will connect HS2 to the West Coast Main Line and allow compatible trains to stop at Stoke-on-Trent, will go-ahead after Government accepted the economic argument for the link, put forward by council leaders, politicians and business leaders in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

City council leader Abi Brown said: "It's taken us a long time to get to this point, and we've been working really hard with various partners, especially over the last couple of months, to stress the significance of the HS2 link to Stoke-on-Trent.

“Having HS2 trains coming to the city will be vital in terms of attracting businesses and investment, and creating job opportunities for our residents. Importantly, it will also free up capacity and pave the way for improvements to our existing rail network, which is further good news for the city.

“The fact the Government has recognised the importance of connectivity to Stoke-on-Trent in what is one of the most substantial transport infrastructure projects ever built in the UK is really important and a victory in itself. It shows the city’s voice is being heard and we are achieving recognition at the highest level.

“The HS2 announcement tells me we are now firmly on the map and the door is open for us to keep pushing for further investment to improve the city, which we will be doing every single day. We’re currently waiting to hear the outcome of our bid for up to £60 million to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund which would transform the three train stations in the city, and also see improvements to public transport, including the creation of new cross-city bus routes.”

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