Blackett outlines HS2 impact
Mon, 24th November 2014

Blackett outlines HS2 impact

Jerry Blackett, the chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), has stressed the economic importance of HS2 at a House of Lords select committee hearing.

At the hearing in Manchester, Blackett told the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee that businesses across Greater Birmingham "overwhelmingly" believe HS2 will have a positive economic impact on the West Midlands.

"HS2 comes with tremendous opportunities to regenerate parts of the city, implement a comprehensive package of transport improvements, and up-skill the region's workforce," he said.

"Businesses need connectivity in a globalised world and the project links in directly to the West Midlands' export strategy."

More than 80 per cent of respondents to a GBCC survey also said that the project will have a "significant or slightly positive" impact on the region.

Blackett added: "The business case for HS2 is overwhelming and the decision to establish redevelopment Cuzon Street Station will alone deliver 14,000 jobs and provide a £1.3bn boost for the local economy.

"With two stations in Greater Birmingham, including an Interchange Station near the NEC and Birmingham Airport, a maintenance depot, a skills college, and the construction HQ, the benefits of the project to the business community are clear."

category Midlands  |  source Insider Media