Government confirms HS2 proposed route will connect Crewe and Manchester

Artist Impression of HS2 Credit: Press Association

The government has announced the second phase of the HS2 rail service will connect Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Transport Secretary Chris Greyling will say the routes will provide a major boost to the future prosperity of the country, as well as being is a clear signal the UK is open for business.

The Department for Transport acknowledged many intercity services are currently "full to overflowing", but said customers will benefit from more services and extra seats once the HS2 high-speed rail service is completed.

Officials also said the frequency of commuter and intercity trains to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds could "almost double" to 48 per hour.