We want your views -how will HS2 affect you?
Residents in Wythenshawe are receiving letters this week explaining how they will be affected by the high speed rail track which has been given the green light.
A tunnel from Manchester Piccadilly to the Airport station will run under homes in Wythenshawe and people living in properties affected by the new rail line will be able to claim compensation.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, many residents, including some living near to what will be the tunnel entrance were unaware of the plans.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, announced that Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport, stops will be included in the High Speed Rail line earlier this week.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) estimates that reducing travel times and increased business productivity through improved connectivity, will bring up to 180,000 new jobs to the region by 2040 and add £1.3billion to Greater Manchester’s GVA.
The station at Manchester Airport would improve the airport’s accessibility and capitalise on the opportunity of the investment programme at Terminal 2, says Manchester City Council.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Today’s announcement is welcome confirmation that Greater Manchester will play a key role in HS2, and become a hub for rail improvements that will help support a sound economic future for the whole of the north through Northern Powerhouse Rail.
“This should be seen as a reinforcement in the confidence of the region’s economic potential and these infrastructure improvements are the tools we need reach unlock that latent energy.
“We’ll continue to work closely with government to help support the project and begin to drive the major transformational projects that will support HS2 in Greater Manchester.”
Greater Manchester Mayor Tony Lloyd said: “The confirmation of HS2’s route to Greater Manchester is a major milestone and will be welcomed by people across our region. It is now vital that HS2 becomes a reality as soon as possible.
“This announcement shows the Government has heard the voices from the North that demanded this project go ahead without delay.
“Our plans for growth linked to HS2 can now start to become a reality, delivering real benefits for the people of Greater Manchester.”
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