Birmingham’s young professionals join Go-HS2

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond at High Speed Rail event, One Snow Hill

A warm welcome to Birmingham Future – the latest group to join Go-HS2, the West Midlands’ campaign to bring High Speed Rail to the region.

Members of Birmingham Future voted overwhelmingly in support of plans to join Go-HS2.

Birmingham Future is made up of 500 young professionals from trainee to director roles across the city. Their strong support for HS2 is particularly encouraging given the role they will play in the West Midlands and wider UK economy for years to come. Birmingham Future join Birmingham City Council, Centro, Birmingham Chamber, Birmingham Airport, NEC Group, Marketing Birmingham and Business Birmingham.

Mr Hammond met Birmingham Future members at a business audience event in Snow Hill earlier this summer. He told the audience Birmingham and the West Midlands could be the transport hub for the UK and said HS2 offered an opportunity to ‘reshape our economic geography.’

Mr Hammond said economic growth would be constrained by the lack of capacity on the railways unless HS2 was built. He said capacity between Birmingham and London would be tripled by HS2.

An independent report by KPMG concluded that HS2 would bring 22,000 jobs and an increase in economic output of £1.5bn per year to the West Midlands.

You can read the full story, and Birmingham Future chairman Gareth Morgan’s comments, here.

Click here to visit Birmingham Future’s website.

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