Manchester City Council

Something to look forward to

Hasn't been a lot this year with the bad news on Brexit well and truly trumped ( sorry, couldn't help it ) last week. The Council's Executive met on Wednesday with an agenda that included the consultation draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a new Housing strategy for the city. Worth noting that housing is and will remain a council, not a combined authority, responsibility and that almost a quarter of all new housing ( of all types and tenures ) in Greater Manchester will be in Manchester on brownfield sites.

The day before began with an announcement from government setting out the proposed route for the second phase of HS2. This is undoubtedly good news for Manchester with stations at Piccadilly and the Airport being confirmed. The alignment coming into Piccadilly has been changed slightly both to avoid having to cross the existing trans-Pennine line but also to give a better route into Piccadilly. The new alignment has an added bonus of saving a number of homes in West Gorton from demolition. Of course for maximum benefit from HS2 we need a lot more investment in the northern rail network including, within the same timescale as HS2, a new four-track line crossing the Pennines.

HS2 isn't due to be completed until 2033, a bit of a wait. We won't have to wait so long for the next Manchester International Festival. On Tuesday evening I joined festival director John McGrath when he unveiled the first four ( of around 25 ) commissions for the 2017 festival. This taster gave a real indication that next year's festival will live up to the now well-established reputation of world-class innovation and originality and of course great entertainment. Some lucky Mancs will even be able to have a mini-MIF in their own home.

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There are 4 responses to “Something to look forward to”

  1. franky Says:

    HS2 only benifits London, why dont they start it from Edinburgh to help the Scots. I remember the M1 started from London and never reached Scotland after several years. No wonder the Scots want their own country.

  2. Richard Leese Says:

    @franky I know we now seem to have entered a world where truth, facts and evidence don't matter but the evidence available here and from other countries demonstrates that though London will benefit from HS2 the rest of the country including Manchester benefits much more. The most effective way of building HS2 is to start from both ends but nobody benefits from half a railway line. From our point of view we need all of Manchester-Birmingham-London, and by 2033, the scheduled completion date, we will desperately need the extra capacity

  3. Commuter Says:

    Manchester - Blackburn. Single track line north of Bolton.

  4. Fairfax Says:

    Richard I find it hard to believe what you write.
    You state:
    ‘I know we now seem to have entered a world where truth, facts and evidence don't matter’
    and then go on to write:
    ‘but the evidence available here and from other countries demonstrates that though London will benefit from HS2 the rest of the country including Manchester benefits much more’
    What nonsense, there is no evidence, there can’t be as it has not yet happened. All you have are opinions, based on assumptions, guesswork and speculation. If High Speed trains were a route to economic success then the French would have the best economy in the World.
    No doubt you will quote the number of jobs HS2 could create, but you will not be able to mention how many jobs will be lost or not created because the Government will have to syphon £billions away from other sectors of the economy either in higher taxes or diverting public spending to pay for it.
    Any what benefits is it to those people who have will have their home blighted by HS”, or will does that ‘evidence’ not fit with your criteria?

 

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