Hundreds of students have given their backing to a high-profile Cheshire East Council campaign to bring a HS2 hub station to Crewe.
South Cheshire College students were given the chance to have their say on the future of the rail industry when the Council’s campaigns team visited them over two days.
The students were asked to fill out a feedback form in support of the ambitious proposals, which are backed by Network Rail, and more than 500 jumped at the opportunity to sign up in support of the plans.
A new HS2 hub station would help to put Crewe firmly on the map as a major rail capital with the prospect of up to seven services to London every hour.
It could also lead to the creation of new tram train links and bus routes across Crewe to ease congestion in the town.
The enterprising project would also create up to 60,000 jobs for local people, expand the horizons of young people and provide access to the UK capital in less than an hour.
Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said:
“This campaign is all about sending an important message to the Government, that Crewe is the best place to create a gateway to the north and south of the country.
We’re delighted that so many local young people are behind the campaign. After all, this will be the generation that will benefit the most out of these ambitious plans.
We want to increase the opportunities for young people and ensure that we don’t have a ‘drainbrain’ problem, where home-grown talent goes elsewhere, seeking work and a better lifestyle.”
High Speed 2 is a planned high speed railway between London Euston, the Midlands, North West England, Yorkshire and potentially North East England and the central belt of Scotland.
The project is being developed by High Speed Two Ltd and construction on Phase One (London to the West Midlands) of the project is set to start in 2017.
Students from all corners of South Cheshire College showed their support for the proposals, including engineering students.
Beth Doak is studying an Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at the College’s Crewe campus.
Beth, 17, of Crewe, said:
“I think these plans are a really good idea.
It will be good for the local area in terms of improving transport and the project will create lots of engineering jobs.
Engineering is a career I want to go into so I think something like this on the doorstep would be great.
I think Crewe station and the surrounding area definitely needs improving.”
South Cheshire College offers Engineering and Railway Engineering apprenticeships and full time engineering courses which equip students with the skills they need for careers in the engineering and rail industries.
Abigail Stanyer, 16, who is also an Engineering BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma student, added:
“I think this is a really exciting project and it would be good for the engineering industry and the future of Crewe in general.”
For more information about engineering courses and apprenticeships at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk.