HS2 has been backed by Cheshire West and Chester Council despite its ‘potential negative impacts’ on local communities.

The high speed rail scheme aims to reduce journey times and overcrowding on trains.

But Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach labelled HS2 a ‘blight’ for some of her constituents.

CWaC has now welcomed the £55.7bn project but advised those who are impacted to make their voices heard.

A statement added: “We will seek a strong commitment from Government to put in place full and effective measures to address any potential negative impacts on local communities, businesses and land users.

“We will also be working hard with neighbouring authorities to ensure that the full economic needs and opportunities of the wider region are met by the new scheme.”

The Government announced HS2’s preferred route from Crewe to Manchester last week.

It swerves into Cheshire West close to Middlewich, Northwich and Winsford.

Safeguarding zones either side of the track will be protected from development, but existing homes and businesses may have to make way.

HS2’s Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester is not expected to be completed until 2033.

Chester is not served by the project, but CWaC insisted its aim is to ensure the city becomes a ‘key rail hub’ alongside Crewe and Warrington, which would be the ‘ultimate means of maximising the benefits of HS2’.

Artists impression of the HS2 train

High Speed 2 should still reduce journey times from Chester to Manchester, Birmingham and London.

The council said improving rail links offered ‘huge opportunities to reduce journey times and increase the frequency of services for all our communities’.

A rolling stock depot at Winsford should also help create jobs in the area.

Conservative MP Ms Sandbach raised her concerns to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in the House of Commons.

She expanded on her Facebook page: “The hub station at Crewe has great potential to benefit many constituents.

“However this news will be devastating for residents in Winsford and Davenham who will be concerned at the impact blight and route changes will have on their lives.”

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