Plans for HS2 North station could be scrapped, putting a section of the line at risk
But Bev Craig, Labor leader of Manchester City Council, said: âManchester Airport serves the whole of northern England and is a vital asset to its economy and the upgrading program. We make it clear to the government that we expect to be treated as the same as other areas benefiting from HS2 and that it must be recognized that the scope of these benefits is not limited to Greater Manchester. “
The board said the business case for HS2 was “significantly strengthened by the inclusion of a station at Manchester Airport”.
HS2 station dependent on local financial contribution
In response to a parliamentary question from Lord Berkeley, the former vice-chairman of Boris Johnson’s review of HS2, Lady Vere said last week: ‘The government remains in favor of an HS2 station at Manchester Airport, but the construction of this station and its inclusion in the final scheme remains subject to the agreement of an appropriate local financial contribution.
“The department has worked and continues to work in a positive manner with the local authorities of Greater Manchester and the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) on this issue.”
Amid resistance from Manchester councils to the government’s request for funding, Lord Berkeley told the Telegraph: “I’m sure the government will eventually pay, and then it will push the HS2 budget even higher in the sky.”
He added: âIf the government wants to reduce its carbon emissions by up to [net] zero, why are we spending all this money on expanding access to airports anyway? “
Mr Johnson admitted that HS2 would likely cost ‘north of Â£ 100bn’, up from an initial budget estimate of Â£ 32.7bn in 2012.