Stoke-on-Trent has joined the growing list of cities demanding to be included on the HS2 map.
The city council has written to NCE this week, arguing that routing phase two of HS2 via Stoke would save the project £2bn and deliver it seven years more quickly.
It has set up a government petition to support the case which over 2,000 people have signed, the council said.
Under existing plans, the north-west leg of HS2’s second phase will bypass Stoke and go to Manchester Piccadilly and Wigan via Crewe.
The letter from the local authority said: “In its current formulation, the plan for Phase 2 misses a trick – bypassing Stoke-on-Trent, a city of 450,000 people and the largest conurbation between Birmingham and Manchester.
“Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s plan for HS2 will deliver the benefits of high speed rail up to seven years more quickly and require £2bn less capital expenditure than the current proposed route.”
Stoke’s plan involves upgrading a section of the existing West Coast Mainline to high speed specification and using a route which keeps tunnelling to a minimum.
Liverpool and Coventry have also lobbied for a connection to HS2.