Monthly Archives: May 2012

HS2 will boost Birmingham’s growing visitor economy

HS2 will have a tremendous impact on Birmingham’s growing visitor economy, says Marketing Birmingham chief executive Neil Rami. Visitor numbers have increased by 13% in Birmingham in the last five years, from 29.1 million to 32.8 million. This is worth … Continue reading

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Capacity on Britain’s railways – stats from the Parliamentary High Speed Rail inquiry

Tomorrow the All Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail (APPG) will publish its findings. The inquiry, set up earlier this year, was concerned with understanding capacity on the UK rail network. A number of individuals and organisations, including rail journalist … Continue reading

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Are you being served? Without HS2 we face difficult choices

As demand continues to soar on our railways we will be forced to make increasingly difficult choices about which stations are served and which are not. There was more evidence of this problem this week in a news release from … Continue reading

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We need HS2 – Demand for rail travel continues to increase

There is limited evidence of market saturation as passenger levels continue to rise on our rail network. Rail is growing at 6% per year and we are experiencing  the highest passenger levels since the 1920s (we now have half the … Continue reading

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Visitor numbers set to soar in West Midlands with HS2

Birmingham has 33 million visitors each year and the number is set to soar with HS2. Marketing Birminghamcommercial director Ian Taylor believes HS2 will have a transformational effect on the West Midlands and build on a visitor economy that already … Continue reading

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HS2 and Birmingham Interchange discussed at Infrarail

The following guest post has been written by Centro Head of Strategy Alex Burrows. Alex was one of the speakers at Infrarail 2012 yesterday (May 2), (International Railway Infrastructure Exhibition) alongside Birmingham Airport’s John Morris, Marketing Birmingham’s Ian Taylor and … Continue reading

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HS2 – We need to seize the opportunity to improve Coventry’s connectivity

Last week the Coventry Telegraph reported fears that the city’s rail service would suffer with HS2. You can read this initial report and the follow-up story here. These claims have been made by HS2 opponents before. In fact, we wrote a … Continue reading

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