An underground station accommodating high-speed rail services as well as Northern Powerhouse services could be built at Manchester Piccadilly.
Rail Minister Jo Johnson said in a Commons Written Reply to Mike Kane (Labour, Wythenshawe and Sale East) on July 6: “The Department is working with Transport for the North, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to explore ways to integrate Northern Powerhouse Rail into an HS2 station at Manchester Piccadilly.
“The aim is to develop a station which can accommodate future Northern Powerhouse Rail services, and which also provides value for money to the taxpayer.”
He said that journey time improvements across the North was key to the decision. So far, options have been considered for both an underground station as well as one at the surface.
Johnson said an update will be provided in the Transport for the North business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail, which is due to be submitted to the Department for Transport by the end of the year.