City councillors back bid to bring HS2 to Stoke-on-Trent

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How the HS2  trains will look

How the HS2 trains will look

City councillors voted for a “once in a lifetime chance” to bring the proposed HS2 rail network to Stoke-on-Trent.

They will now challenge the government’s current plans which are for Crewe to receive the planned hub station along the route linking Birmingham to Manchester with the Potteries missing out.

A proposal urging planners to base it in Stoke-on-Trent will now been drawn up and presented to Westminster.

Council Leader, Cllr Mohammed Pervez described the opportunity to have access to High Speed Rail in Staffordshire as “once in a life time” saying it was “more than just a transport scheme”.

Its economic benefits were also voiced, as “tens of thousands of jobs” could be created if the station was given the go ahead.

“This is a first class city with huge potential,” continued Cllr Pervez.

“The HS2 scheme will signal a new age of prosperity and growth… whilst accelerating ambitions.

“It would be a massive lost opportunity for the whole country not to have it here.”

HS2 is said to create 125,000 new jobs and potentially save the UK economy £5 billion.

All city council members present at the city council meeting voted in favour of proposing the HS2 plans to government.

Before the motion was passed, Cllr Andy Platt urged people in Stoke to get behind the bid.

He said: “Stoke City is in the Premier League – this will put all of Stoke-on-Trent in the Premier League.”

Cllr Pervez added: “Save our city and its future generations.”

(Additional reporting by Becci Heyes)

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