Authorities across the West Midlands are pressing for a direct link from Coventry into the planned HS2 Interchange station at Birmingham Airport.
Coventry is around eight miles from the forthcoming HS2 station, but a direct link would allow passengers to connect straight onto high-speed rail services to the North West, Yorkshire, London and Europe.
Benefits from HS2
A meeting of Centro, the region’s transport authority, next Monday (Dec 3) will discuss a number of schemes designed to maximise the benefits from high-speed rail for passengers in the West Midlands.
The schemes have been put forward by the HS2 Local Connectivity Group which is made up of authorities, businesses and organisations across the region.
It has detailed a number of schemes it believes will be essential to deliver the best economic benefits and ensure high-speed rail is integrated fully with local and regional transport.
Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip said: “Our challenge is to get the best from HS2 for people throughout the West Midlands.
High-speed rail network
“This means ensuring local and regional services connect seamlessly with the high-speed rail network so that everyone benefits.”
Mr Inskip said HS2 would bring much needed jobs and boost the West Midlands regional economy.
He added: “We know that using this capacity for more passenger and freight trains and fighting to deliver schemes such a the direct link to Coventry from HS2 will bring 22,000 jobs and increase economic activity by £1.5bn per year.
Mr Inskip said an announcement on the phase 2 route north of Birmingham (to Leeds and Manchester) was expected in December.
“As the Transport Secretary said recently in Birmingham the Government is ‘cracking on’ with HS2. Our challenge is to get the very best deal for our region.”
The HS2 Local Connectivity Group is also calling for further Metro extensions to connect the HS2 station in Birmingham city centre and for the design of Moor Street Station to allow for passengers to transfer from local and regional services from the Black Country, Birmingham and Solihull onto high-speed rail.
The Local Connectivity Package will be published in early 2013.