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HS2 is on the fast-track to Crewe

HS2 is on the fast-track to Crewe

The government has confirmed plans to build the HS2 as far as Crewe by 2027, which marks a full six years ahead of this section of the rail line's schedule.Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement, which is set to benefit a large section of the north of England as the line will run between Birmingham and Crewe.The London to Birmingham route was originally due for completion by 2026, similarly the connection between Manchester and Leeds was set to be finished by 2033 but all parts of the project have now been brought forward.Chancellor Osborne also announced that John Cridland will be chairing Transport for the North, a new body to improve transport links across the entirety of the north.Transport for the North will employ a style of ticketing similar to the Oyster card used in and around London.This Oyster-style ticket will be available across all methods of transport including rail, bus, metro and trams.These proposed changes mean that the second phase of building will be taking place shortly after the London to Birmingham line will be operational.Once the new route is open, the journey times between Crewe and London will be cut by a massive 45 minutes.The overall aim of the green light for this northern part of the project is to solidify that the "high-speed rail will play a big role in connecting up the entire region with the rest of the country" as said by the chancellor.In his Spending Review, Mr Osborne stated that the government will be spending £13 billion to improve the north's transport links, for which Mr Cridland is the figurehead.There is much excitement surrounding the accelerated pace of the HS2 project, particularly from transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who said that the additional rail capacity is sure to support growth and jobs in the north-west and Scotland.talkHowever, there are those that are less excited about the project as its cost has been revised up another £5 billion to £55.6 billion overall. 

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