Benefits of HS2 outlined by government minister
High-speed rail will create 14,000 jobs in Birmingham, provide space for 2,000 new houses and contribute £1.3bn a year to the local economy, a government minister has told an audience of business leaders in the city.
Robert Goodwill, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Transport, was speaking at a dinner organised by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce at the ICC.
He said: "Here, the local enterprise partnership has begun the process of developing its own growth strategy for Curzon Street and the interchange station at Solihull. The government is providing £2.5m to speed up this work.
"Birmingham has also launched the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company to maximise the benefits of HS2. The company will lead a programme that will ultimately create 14,000 jobs, provide space for 2,000 new homes, and contribute up to £1.3bn a year to the local economy."
Goodwill added the importance of Birmingham to the HS2 project was underlined by the government choosing the city as the base for the High Speed Rail College.