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Railway Stations: Greater Manchester

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL238, tabled on 16 May 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Greenhalgh on 11 May (HL Deb col 98) on the £5 billion delivery of an underground station in Manchester, how many platforms the plan includes; what are the length of the tunnels connecting to the station platforms in both directions; whether any non-HS2 trains could use the underground station; what are the lengths of the platforms; and what is the overall cost estimate for the underground station and its tunnels.

Answered on

27 May 2022

The High-Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) Bill deposited in parliament on 24 January set out the Government’s commitment for a surface station. The Bill does not contain plans for an underground station and the Government continues to consider that an enlarged (6-platform) surface station can meet requirements at substantially lower cost and construction impact than underground alternatives. These views are reflected in the Bill that has been deposited in parliament.