Business leaders in Greater Birmingham welcomed today’s announcement that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected appeals against HS2 on environmental grounds.
Tim Pile, President of Birmingham Chamber said: “HS2 has the potential to deliver transformational effect on the region. Research by Centro has shown that the scheme could generate 51,000 jobs and £4.1bn in growth every year.
“This will provide an essential stimulus to the regional economy and generate new business opportunities and jobs.
“In a poll conducted by the Chamber in Q4 2013, 45 per cent of our members said that HS2 would have a significant positive impact on the West Midlands economy, up from 33 per cent in Q3 2013.
“The government’s spend on infrastructure in the last ten years has almost entirely been London-centric. HS2 represents an important shift in this trend and is exactly what the region needs.”