HS2 will “super-charge” Birmingham
Birmingham City Council Leader, Cllr John Clancy, has labelled HS2 ‘a huge game-changer’ that will ‘super-charge’ Birmingham.
Speaking as he met Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin for the first time to discuss a range of issues including Midlands Connect, the M6 Toll and HS2, Cllr Clancy told the Secretary of State that the positive effects of the HS2 project were already being seen in Birmingham.
And he stressed the importance of ensuring Birmingham people benefit from the jobs, skills and opportunities presented by HS2.
Cllr Clancy said: “I’m keen to ensure that HS2 becomes part of the solution in relation to our challenges with jobs and skills in Birmingham. We should see this as an opportunity to build skills in this city and it’s really important to get the mix right in terms of people from across the city benefitting.
“There’s absolutely no question that in discussions across the city with business groups that the arrival of HS2 really is seen as a game-changer for the future economic growth of Birmingham. It will super-charge the city as the place to invest and locate and we are already feeling the positive impacts here and across the wider region. The extended Metro system, which will eventually link all the city’s main train stations, is just one tangible example of the difference HS2 is making.
“Major international businesses such as HSBC tell us they are investing in Birmingham because they can see the benefits HS2 will bring. The National College for High Speed Rail is set to open in September 2017 – that’s creating construction jobs now and high speed engineering jobs in the future. And, of course, the city is home to HS2’s construction headquarters which will employ up to 1,500 people over the next few years.
“Birmingham is at the heart of HS2 both geographically and strategically, and we are already seeing the positive benefits, with more to come in the future as our ambitious plans materialise.”
“I met with HS2 Executive Chairman, Sir David Higgins, two weeks ago to discuss the importance of HS2 to our city. I made it clear that we see HS2 as a significant opportunity and I will be banging the drum for HS2.”