The railway stations in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire provide fast and frequent services to the UK’s cities. Almost every UK city could be visited for a day’s business by rail with a return the same day. There are two trains an hour from Stoke-on-Trent to London with a journey time of 1 hour and 30 minutes and three trains an hour from Stafford, with a journey time of 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

With the West Coast Main Line running through the county there is not only easy access for rail passengers to travel throughout Great Britain but also opportunities for businesses to use the track for freight. The county hosts both existing logistic hubs and the potential to develop new hubs and access for individual companies through existing but unused railheads.

With the announcement that HS2 will have a main station in Stafford and a hub in Stoke-on-Trent commute times to major cities will become even faster. Stafford Borough Council is determined to us the arrival of HS2 to continue its economic development and utilise the links between HS2 and the existing West Coast Main Line to broaden HS2’s economic benefits. Stafford’s integrated high speed station, part of the Stafford Gateway project, will be used by a community far wider than the county town, opening up services to hundreds of thousands people and businesses.

Stoke-on-Trent is also set to benefit from HS2 with the existing train station becoming a hub station with a minimum of 1 train per hour stopping at the station before traveling on to London from Crewe.