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HS2 board enjoys a day-return trip to Birmingham

HS2 board enjoys a day-return trip to Birmingham

🕔18.Jul 2013

HS2The company set up to deliver a high speed rail link from London to Birmingham and the north of England has embarked on a campaign to win hearts and minds and swing public opinion in favour of the £43 billion project.

HS2 Ltd is holding board meetings in cities along the planned route rather than London and staged the first session in Birmingham today where members attempted to hammer home the economic benefits that will flow from the new route.

Under the strapline “this is more than just a railway” board members and West Midlands politicians stressed the many advantages that they insist are to be gained from a high speed rail link.

  • More than 20,000 construction and engineering jobs will be created in Birmingham and the region and 50,000 jobs along the route.
  • Over 2,000 apprentices could be employed in construction-related jobs.
  • Over 80,000 permanent jobs in station development areas.
  • A high speed railway will ease congestion on the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and London, enabling more local commuter services to run as well as taking freight off the motorways.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, announced that a strategic board to liaise with HS2 Ltd has been set up by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Several project groups will report to the board on key issues including the development of HS2 stations at Curzon Street in Birmingham city centre and at Birmingham International close to the NEC and airport.

Project groups will also examine connectivity issues and jobs and skills.

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