The Government is due to announce two new stations in the North West as part of the controversial High Speed Rail line linking London with Birmingham and the North.
One of the stations is expected to be built at Manchester Airport with another built somewhere in the centre of the City.
It is also anticipated that Crewe in Cheshire will be a stop off point for the link, also known as HS2.
The Government says the line will seamlessly integrate with the West Coast Main line once the trains have passed north through Birmingham.
Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of trying to divert the route the planned high-speed HS2 rail line will take.
Plans to extend a high speed rail line to Manchester have been announced by the government