High-speed on? Mayors back rescoped HS2 from Midlands

HS2 to Crewe? Mayors Burnham and Street say a descoped version is the best way of relieving congested transport between the Midlands and the North. Philip Sherratt

The mayors of Birmingham and Manchester, Andy Street and Andy Burnham, say a new railway between Handsacre and Manchester Airport is their preferred option to boost connections between the cities.

They convened a private sector group chaired by Sir David Higgins to evaluate three options to tackle congestion on the West Coast main line – upgrades, bypasses at ‘pinch points’ and a new railway.

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