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."