The Transport Secretary’s decision to build HS2 is great news for our region. Not only will HS2 provide a fast, direct link between our major cities, but significantly for the West Midlands, it will release capacity on our existing lines for more local services.
Many of our passengers recognise that our train services are increasingly crowded, particularly at peak times, so HS2 will release more space that is desperately needed.
This will allow us to run more local and regional services benefiting rail users in the West Midlands, for example, increasing services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Airport, and Coventry and Birmingham. We can also free space for more freight, taking lorries off our congested roads.
While we recognise there has been opposition along the line of route from people directly affected, it is now important that the Government ensures that work is carried out to reduce the impact on the environment, communities and individuals.
The West Midlands stands to benefit tremendously with 22,000 jobs and a £1.5bn per year boost to our economy. Now the decision has been made we look forward to turning to the next chapter and taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity to revolutionise transport in the West Midlands.
Centro chief executive