HS2 – Let’s get on and build it says transport boss following rejected challenges

Geoff Inskip welcomes today's rejection of challenges to HS2 at the Court of Appeals and says Let's get on and build it

Geoff Inskip welcomes today’s rejection of challenges to HS2 at the Court of Appeals and says Let’s get on and build it

Transport boss Geoff Inskip says now is the time to work together and press on with HS2 after the Court of Appeal rejected all seven challenges from opponents to the scheme.

Mr Inskip, chief executive of Centro, said he welcomed the news the challenges had been dismissed as it was time for authorities to work together to get the best possible benefits from HS2.

“HS2 will connect eight of our ten major cities with fast, direct services and release capacity on our increasingly congested existing rail network. We’re working with authorities across the West Midlands to ensure the best possible connectivity with HS2 and we’ve already expressed our desire to build a High Speed Rail Centre of Excellence in the West Midlands.

“Now is the time to get on and build it.”

Mr Inskip said economic research revealed that phase one of HS2 – from Birmingham to London – would deliver 22,000 jobs and a boost of £1.5bn per year to the West Midlands.

He said the jobs and economic benefits would increase significantly when Centro announced details of research for phase two of HS2 linking Birmingham with Manchester and Leeds.

HS2 will cut journey times between Birmingham and Manchester from around 90 minutes to 41 minutes and a typical journey from Birmingham to Leeds of around two hours will be halved to 57 minutes.

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