Plans to develop a four-star, 340-bedroom hotel adjacent to Manchester’s Piccadilly station have been announced.
The intended opening of the hotel is due to be 2015, subject to planning permission.
The hotel will benefit from its location next to the station, which is planned to become the North West terminal of the new H52 high speed train to London.
Manchester will get two new stations for super-fast bullet trains in a rail revolution worth £1bn a year to the local economy.
The expected time to reach London from Manchester is estimated at 68 minutes; a fraction of the time it currently takes (just over two hours)
This scheme will put the city at the heart of Britain’s first high-speed rail network, and could create over 10,000 jobs in the region when it opens in 2032.