Phase 2 of the proposed High Speed 2 rail line (circa 2032, if ever) has just been announced: Birmingham – Crewe – Manchester, and also a spur for Birmingham – Derby/Nottingham – Sheffield – Leeds.

No Stoke or Keele station, but there’s interesting talk in today’s Independent of… “a “dedicated link” alongside the high-speed line at Crewe to link up with standard trains”. The industry magazine Rail.co reports that “Phase two will connect Crewe directly”. That’s just six miles from Stoke. Apparently that stop will cost £500m alone.