Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy includes a new people mover to Birmingham Airport

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UK: Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has released The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, which describes how the region can use HS2 as a catalyst for major job creation, increased productivity and net national growth.

“The wider region will benefit from radically improved national and international connectivity. The two HS2 stations and Birmingham Airport, with its huge potential and ability to open up access to international markets, will drive new areas for regeneration, housing and business growth across the Midlands,” the report states.

“It is absolutely fantastic to see people in the Midlands gearing up to take full advantage of HS2 and the jobs, skills and growth it will bring. Birmingham and Solihull will be at the heart of HS2 network. This strategy illustrates how HS2 can re-balance our country’s economy and why it is such a vital part of our long-term economic plan,” Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said.

The national investment in HS2 will see an Interchange station at UK Central, in Solihull, accessing Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and a terminus station at Curzon, in Birmingham City Centre. According to the GBSLEP, the two station localities will be amongst the best-connected and, ultimately, most productive business destinations in the country.

“The arrival of HS2 in the Midlands is a once-in-a generation opportunity to do something really special. It’s not enough to simply lay tracks and build stations; we must take this chance to create a legacy for the region in terms of regeneration, jobs, skills, economic development and connectivity. This is already a hugely powerful regional economy but we can use the benefits of HS2 to play an even greater role in powering Britain,” Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Andy Street said.

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The major investment in region-wide connectivity is covered in the Connectivity Package and includes provision of a single, integrated People Mover stop to act as an interchange hub providing direct access to Birmingham International Station, Birmingham Airport and the NEC, and Genting Arena complex.

Through the connectivity programme the Strategy sets out clear proposals to support transport links and accessibility improvements between HS2 and Birmingham Airport to ensure that its major role in the future growth can be realised. GBSLEP also wants to secure direct international services from the Midlands to Paris, Brussels and beyond via a direct rail link between HS2 and the existing HS1 line to the Channel Tunnel and wider European High Speed Rail Network.

The value of the Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy Investment Programme is estimated at £3.3bn and will include major infrastructure works that align the construction of the railway line and Interchange Station with that of a new junction from the M42, the People Mover from the Interchange Station to Birmingham Airport, and an extension of the Midland Metro into the Curzon area which will facilitate future extensions through East Birmingham and North Solihull and out to the Airport and Interchange in Solihull.

“The lasting impact and legacy of HS2 will be determined by how successfully local authorities and regions use it as a catalyst to transform their economies and develop the look and feel of the areas it touches. The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy is therefore hugely important for Birmingham and the Midlands, as it sets out a clear approach to maximising the opportunity to drive economic growth and provide real benefits to local people through access to jobs and skills. I welcome the Midlands partnership approach to developing this strategy and the key to its success will be to continue this partnership, as HS2 moves forward towards construction,” said Sir David Higgins Chairman of HS2 Ltd.

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