Manchester metropolis leaders have warned plans for an overground HS2 station within the metropolis would squander half one million sq. metres of growth land.
The invoice enabling the creation of the Crewe-to-Manchester leg of Excessive Pace Rail, which is about for its second studying within the Home of Commons right this moment, proposes a brand new six-platform above-ground station moreover the present Manchester Piccadilly station.
However main political figures within the metropolis have mentioned such a station would scupper growth alternatives and have known as for an underground station, which they declare would offer a greater welcome to town and supply higher flexibility for the longer term.
Final month, the Commons Public Accounts Committee heard from Clive Maxwell, director common of the Excessive Pace Rail Group within the Division for Transport, that an underground station at Piccadilly would have value an extra £5bn.
That determine has been questioned by Manchester politicians, together with Andy Burnham, who has demanded to know the way the quantity was arrived at.
Manchester Metropolis Council and the Larger Manchester Mixed Authority intend to submit a petition objecting to parts of the invoice and asking for adjustments to be thought-about when it reaches committee.
In line with town council, unbiased estimates have discovered that just about 500,000 sq m of prime growth land can be misplaced on account of an overground station, house which it claims might have supported round 14,000 jobs.
It additionally claims that building can be extra disruptive and that the concrete viaducts required to take trains from Ardwick to the brand new station can be a blight on elements of town and sever connections with East Manchester.
Modelling commissioned from Bechtel by the council and Transport for Larger Manchester reported that the proposed overground station would attain full capability from day one.
Burnham, the mayor of Larger Manchester, mentioned the present proposals offered “the incorrect resolution” for Manchester Piccadilly.
He added: “It’s the incorrect resolution as a result of will probably be at capability from day one, it received’t be future-proofed, and it takes away Manchester Metropolis Council’s aspirations to have financial progress across the station.
“We have now at all times supported HS2 and can proceed to take action. However the authorities must rethink its proposals for Manchester Piccadilly or it dangers losing a once-in-a-century alternative to stage up.”
Metropolis council chief Cllr Bev Craig mentioned that whereas the underground choice would value extra initially, it could ship “enormously extra financial and social advantages” over time.
The council claims that by 2050, the financial advantages of the underground choice to the broader metropolis area can be £333m a 12 months higher than these delivered by the overground plan.
“HS2, with Manchester as its northern hub, has the potential to unlock a wealth of positives for the area and assist rebalance the UK’s economic system,” mentioned Craig.
“But when it’s not completed correctly, we will probably be counting the prices for a lot of many years to return. It’s not too late for presidency to interact with us as an alternative of dismissing the case for an underground station out of hand.”
In her keynote tackle to the British Council of Workplaces convention in Manchester final week, Joanne Roney, chief govt of town council, mentioned: “We have now a possibility right here with HS2, which ought to add to this ambition of our metropolis.
“We have now but to persuade the federal government to share our imaginative and prescient of what we want to see at Piccadilly station, to actually create a globally important alternative right here for us to stay a related metropolis and for us to vary the face of connection between cities within the North.”
In the meantime, HS2 has been given planning for 2 viaducts that may take the road into Birmingham Curzon Avenue station.
Curzon Viaduct No.3 and Lawley Middleway Viaduct are a part of the Curzon Avenue Station Method space, which is made up of 4 related viaducts.
The viaducts are being designed by a three way partnership of Mott MacDonald and Systra together with architect Weston Williamson + Companions. They are going to be constructed by a Balfour Beatty/Vinci three way partnership.