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High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wales

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 286139, tabled on 3 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the benefits to Wales of providing interchanges to the High Speed 2 network at Crewe and Chester.

Answered on

9 September 2019

The department’s analysis shows that passengers in North Wales will benefit from an HS2 interchange at Crewe, with shorter journey times to London and improved cross-country journey times. An HS2 interchange at Chester is not feasible without electrification of the line from there to Crewe. The Network Rail Welsh Route Study, published in March 2016, identified options for improving the North Wales main line but the rail industry has not identified a robust business case for electrification of the line from Crewe to Chester. The Government’s proposals for HS2 do not preclude development of opportunities for future service enhancements including those on the Chester and North Wales lines.