On Saturday (May 18) the Express & Star published a story which suggested train services would be cut as a result of HS2 in Staffordshire and the Black Country.
In fact, HS2 will release capacity on existing lines for MORE services.
Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip responded in a letter to the editor:
Following Saturday’s (May 18) story about high speed rail I’d like to reassure Express & Star readers that HS2 will , in fact, make a real difference to the West Midlands and deliver much needed capacity on our railway allowing us to run many more services on existing lines.
Centred on the West Midlands, HS2 will connect eight of our ten major cities slashing journey times between our region and London, the North West, east Midlands and Yorkshire, making the West Midlands much better connected.
HS2 will release capacity on our existing lines allowing us to run more passenger and freight services.
At Centro we have devised a timetable which would use this capacity to increase services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Airport and introduce a London service from Walsall, for example.
With rail use continuing to grow – we’ve seen passenger levels double in a decade in the West Midlands – therefore this extra capacity that HS2 will deliver is vital.
Our economic research reveals the London-Birmingham first phase of high speed rail alone will bring 22000 jobs and £1.5bn per year to our region.
We can’t afford not to build HS2.