Manchester City Council to challenge HS2 hybrid bill on 13 issues

Manchester City Council will formally challenge the government’s plans for the western leg of HS2, including the design of Manchester Piccadilly station, the location of the Metrolink return and the proposed road access to Manchester Airport station. Manchester.

The Council of Ministers of the Council is due to discuss 13 issues it has developed with the HS2 Hybrid Bill for Phase 2b on Friday March 4, 2022.

Ahead of the meeting, the board released a report and said that while it supports the high-speed project overall, it was concerned about certain specifics which it considered “essential to maximizing benefits and minimizing impacts.” negatives of the HS2 on the city”.

This next phase of HS2 includes the construction of Manchester Piccadilly station. The city council said it supports plans to build this underground station, unlike the aerial station proposed in the hybrid bill. The reason for this was that underground designs meant better capacity, resilience, durability, passenger experience as well as less land use.

The council also expressed concerns about the road infrastructure along this route. He found that the infrastructure around Pin Mill Brow in the town center was “too big” and would further fuel pollution and car use. He was also concerned about the high-level car park planned for Manchester Piccadilly and said it would again increase car travel and take up prime land.

Manchester Airport Station is another planned station construction along this route. Council described road access to this station at Junction 6 of the M56 as “inadequate” as it does not take into account future Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) demand as well as potential airport growth. NPR would potentially provide a high-speed rail network between Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Hull. However, the plans were significantly scaled back when the Integrated Rail Plan was released last fall.

Another issue raised by the council was the location of the Metrolink return to New Islington, Manchester. The council recommended a site at the Velopark instead.

The Bill for the Government’s latest plans for the 85km section from Crewe to Manchester was tabled in Parliament earlier this year and although Manchester leaders then expressed concerns over construction, it will be the petition official against the plans.

If the hybrid bill receives royal assent, construction will begin from 2027, with delivery scheduled for the window between 2036 and 2041.

It was introduced after the cancellation of the eastern leg which the government said would save £18billion and would take place between Birmingham and Leeds. The estimated cost of building the Crewe-Manchester line is between £15 billion and £22 billion.

Manchester City Council’s 13 problems with HS2 phase 2b plans

  • The design of Manchester Piccadilly station as a surface U-turn station, as opposed to a through tube station.
  • Maintaining Gateway House.
  • The extent of proposed road infrastructure at Pin Mill Brow.
  • The level and location of the proposed car park at Manchester Piccadilly
  • Need for a multimodal hub offering parking facilities for buses and coaches.
  • Proposed access to a new ramp for Network Rail maintenance, which carries traffic through the Mayfield development.
  • Inadequate integration and powers of Metrolink at both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.
  • The location of Metrolink’s proposed return to New Islington rather than our preferred site at Velopark, and the proposal to cut the Ashton line for two years.
  • The proposed location of the Ventilation Shaft and Mother House on Fallowfield Road Business Park on Birchfields Road, and the need to provide adequate flood storage required for the proposed Palatine Road Ventilation Shaft.
  • An inappropriate design for the access motorways to Manchester Airport station at Junction 6 of the M56.
  • The proposed level of construction traffic and the need to consider arrangements to allow material to be removed by rail at Manchester Airport.
  • Environmental mitigation levels, which will be specified in the City Council’s response to the consultation on the hybrid bill’s environmental statement.
  • Changes to statutory powers highlighted in the bill.

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