CGI images have been released to show how the Piccadilly Station revamp may appear following the development of the new terminal which will serve HS2.
The updated Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework shows the area will benefit from an increased footfall and improved accessibility throughout the Station. Commuters will see the HS2 terminal above the updated Metrolink stop. In addition, a new bus terminal, taxi ranks, and three public spaces will be adjoined together with a new pathway.
This current plan capitalises on the intention of making “One Station” from 2014, which connects HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to the current district.
The delivery of HS2 will see the development of a new City Centre district called “‘Piccadilly Central”. Under the new Framework, the Council has announced this will create a new commercial district with complementary retail and leisure uses, alongside 5,000 new homes and 250 hotel rooms.
Property consultants have explained “Infrastructure investment and a strong local economy are likely to remain catalysts for residential demand and house price growth”. Hence, this will contribute the economic growth in the North.
In terms of delivery, the Hybrid Bill for Phase 2 of HS2 is likely to be submitted in 2019 with Royal Assent anticipated in 2022. Construction will commence 202/2023 and the line and Station operational by 2032.
Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester city mayor who urged HS2 Phase 2B and Northern Powerhouse Rail to be simultaneously reasoned “Westminster has failed the North and given us a transport system that is simply not fit for the future”. These plans will help the future of the northern part of the UK, as it will create 20,000 new jobs easing unemployment. In addition, it is claimed this would boost a further £703m for the economy.
Piccadilly North, East Village, Piccadilly Heights and Piccadilly Central will be designated as part of the new development based at the North of the station. There will be a new pathway of trees which will add some green space, and bridge the East to West.
If you’re currently being affected by the HS2 plans or would like more information about the proposed move and how it could be impacting your situation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.