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Ryder unveils plans for ‘iconic’ HS2 station in Stoke
Heather Church - February 25, 2014

Ryder’s proposal aims to create a landmark station at Cliff Vale, with a new urban area created around the station to anchor the extension of the city centre and central business district of Hanley.

The proposal is for a multi-modal transport hub with international and domestic HS2 platforms, direct connections to local and regional train services, facilities for secure airport baggage check in, integrated smart parking solutions and bus interchange.

A major new public space will lead to the arrival and departure concourse.

The design includes a translucent roof that will provide cover to the full length of the platform as well as allowing high levels of natural daylight, minimising heat gain and incorporating natural ventilation to reduce energy use.

Ryder has worked with Stoke council to develop designs for the station, which have been now been submitted to HS2 and the government.

Stoke council Leader Mohammed Pervez said “High speed rail should be all about the maximum boost to the UK economy, taking the brakes off growth.

“We have developed a compelling case that is financially and technically feasible.

“It will deliver new dynamism to the industrial heart of the country, re-balancing the national economy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK Plc.”

A number of northern cities have called for iconic stations to be built as part of the HS2 development in order to maximise the economic development opportunities of the high-speed line.