Two rail depots will be built on the western leg of Phase Two of the HS2 route to maintain HS2 trains and the lines which they run with: one located at Crewe and the other at Golborne.
A train depot is a terminal where trains normally load or unload passengers or goods. The western leg of the network will need to be supported by depots to maintain the trains known as ‘rolling stock maintenance’ and the infrastructure of the lines known as ‘infrastructure maintenance’.
Rolling stock maintenance depot at Golborne
The depot woudl be located north of Golborne and around 2.5 miles (4km) south of Wigan and offers good connections to the proposed HS2 network and existing transport networks.
Locating the depot in an area with existing industrial and redundant railway land could encourage the growth of associated businesses and new jobs locally. HS2 Ltd envisage that the depot would help to transform the surrounding area.
Infrastructure maintenance depot at Crewe
This depot would be located south of the existing Crewe rail station and adjacent to the west side of the existing Basford Hall sidings. The site provides connections to the proposed HS2 network and existing transport networks. The depot structure would be on a slightly raised platform to ensure that the floodplain on which it would lie could continue to function underneath it.
The depot would be on a greenfield site (undeveloped land in a city or rural area), but not in the green belt. The site is identified for rail-connected industrial development and a depot is therefore likely to be supported by local planning policy. Locating the depot in an area with existing industrial and redundant railway land could encourage the growth of associated businesses and new jobs locally.
urther information on the proposed route, stations and depots can be found on the archived HS2 website on the National Archives website