An ambitious project set to ‘drive’ investment, jobs and housing development in Cheshire and Warrington has received a £625,000 boost from the Government.
The Northern Gateway partnership – a collaboration of seven local authorities, as well as Cheshire and Warrington and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – aims to ‘spearhead growth’ in the region.
The bodies are working together across authority borders to maximise the potential benefits to their communities from HS2, including a hub station at Crewe, through to formation of a regional growth strategy.
It will aim to ‘supercharge’ economic growth in the region by connecting the Northern Powerhouse with the Midlands Engine to ‘capitalise on the economic potential’ of HS2.
The partnership has made significant progress since its launch in autumn 2015, with economic baseline analysis having been submitted to Government last December and further work already under way to inform the final growth strategy.
It is expected that it will be submitted this April.