The Urban Growth Company (UGC) was established by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to maximise development and investment at the HS2
station site and neighbouring land, collectively known as The Hub.
The governments support for the Crewe Hub vision means plans for HS2
Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will be modified to include:
is due to run from London to Birmingham, and then on to Manchester in the North West and Leeds in Yorkshire.
Delegates at a Business Growth North Wales Conference were told how the development of a major HS2
Hub at Crewe will be a 'critical connection' to boost businesses across the North West and North Wales.
Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2
Ltd, says that extending the HS2
from Leeds to Scotland through Newcastle could be critical to the region.
And if that line is built to connect with the HS2
line between London and Wigan, then the overall journey time from Liverpool to London could be cut from the current two hours plus to just an hour and a quarter.
5 billion contract to design and build HS2
rolling stock is expected to launch next year, with a mix of "classic-compatible" trains that would run across HS2
and the existing network and "captive" trains that would operate just on the high-speed line.
But the Government insisted it remained committed to building HS2
and said the review was "standard practice".
Ltd on the opportunities that will be created and how to maximise economic development and regeneration benefits
He claims the company behind the high speed rail line, HS2
Ltd, has underestimated the weekend closures.
e business group was commenting on a highly critical report by the House of Lords Economic Aairs Select Committee following its inquiry into the economic benets of HS2
The Lords Economic Affairs Committee committee, who include Welsh peers Lord Rowe-Beddoe and Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, as well as former chancellor Lord Lawson of Blaby, argue there are lessexpensive options than HS2
for solving overcrowding on the railways and these have not been properly reviewed They argue that far from rebalancing the economy, London is likely to be the biggest beneficiary from HS2