West Midland leaders have hailed the introduction of the HS2 Hybrid Bill in Parliament as an historic day for rail in the West Midlands.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Real progress is being made and this is an exciting time for our region. The West Midlands is at the heart of the high speed rail network and the latest economic research reveals we stand to benefit the most.
“We are determined to ensure we deliver the maximum benefits from the line not just for Birmingham itself but for the whole of the city region .”
The HS2 Hybrid Bill is being introduced into the Commons today (November 25) and will provide the powers to build and maintain the first phase of HS2, as well as securing planning permission for the works.
On Thursday (November 21) Sir Albert, who is also Core Cities’ cabinet member for transport, visited Downing Street with other leaders to press the case for high speed rail and outline the opportunities for the major cities across the UK.
Sir Albert said research concluded HS2 would deliver 51,000 jobs and £4.1bn per year to the West Midlands.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of regional transport authority Centro, said the introduction of the Bill was an important date and demonstrated the determination of the main political parties and organisations and individuals across the UK to build HS2.
“HS2 will deliver jobs and opportunities and address problems with capacity as demand for rail continues to soar. It will benefit people across our region and throughout the UK.”
Jerry Blackett, CEO of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce said: “Business is right behind high speed rail and excited about the opportunities this massive project brings – so the introduction of the Bill is an exciting development for us.”