We firmly believe in the transformative potential of HS2 and its critical role in advancing connectivity across the north of England, fostering economic growth, and enhancing sustainability.
HS2 was conceived to bridge regional divides, boost productivity, create jobs, and elevate the overall quality of life for millions, and it is our belief that the HS2 line to Manchester also is key to stimulating development in regions that have historically been underserved in terms of connectivity and growth opportunities.
By linking key cities like Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield HS2 will facilitate more efficient travel, encouraging greater business investment, tourism, and foster an integrated economic landscape nationwide.
We established a studio in Manchester to support transit led regeneration across the north built on the back of the Government’s clear statements, and are saddened to see the future of HS2 hanging in balance. This decision could undermine the potential benefits of HS2, hindering its transformative impact on regions that deserve equal opportunity for growth and prosperity.
There was some welcome news with rumors that an underground through station at Manchester might be being reconsidered. Something we have been advocating for since 2021. The subterranean configuration of the Manchester HS2 station, will allow the line to seamlessly meet with other rail proposals such as those to Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield ensuring that the benefits of this transformative high-speed line are shared equitably across the country.
Ali Mowahed, WW+P Strategic Growth Director said “We urge the government to reconsider its stance and continue with the planned expansion of HS2 as a vital step towards creating a more interconnected, sustainable, and prosperous United Kingdom, enabling cities to thrive and support the levelling-up agenda.”
You can read more about WW+P's proposals for enhanced connectivity across the North enabled by subterranean stations at Manchester and Leeds below.