HS2 will be good news for Birmingham and good news for the environment, according to Transport Minister Norman Baker MP.
Mr Baker told the Liberal Democrat conference HS2 would be good for the economy and the environment.
The Birmingham Mail reported Mr Baker believed HS2 would be particularly good news for the West Midlands.
Birmingham benefits more than anywhere else with HS2
Mr Baker said: “The main argument for HS2 – although Birmingham doesn’t need an argument because Birmingham will benefit more than anywhere else in the country – is the capacity issue on the network where there are simply no more train paths north, on either the East Cast or West Coast Main Line. Passenger numbers are going up year by year and there’s no way of dealing with that except by a new line.
The environment will benefit as passengers transfer from flights to rail when HS2 heads north, he added.
The Birmingham Mail piece can be viewed here.