Birmingham HS2 Station Will Be ‘Catalyst For Regional Growth’

The planned HS2 Interchange station near Birmingham Airport will be a catalyst for growth across the entire region, so says the Chair of HS2 Limited.

Allan Cook made the statement at a recent airport meeting with Tim Clarke, Chair of Birmingham Airport and Nick Barton, the airport’s CEO, at which the infrastructure plans for the area were discussed.

Interchange station will be a new major gateway station for the region, immediately adjacent to Birmingham Airport, and part of a new public transport interchange serving Solihull, the West Midlands, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

Cook said: “HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to better connect the Midlands and the north. Calling at the new Interchange station, our trains will be more reliable, quicker and allow more passengers to use Birmingham Airport, the NEC and other leisure attractions.

“The new HS2 station will act as a catalyst for the development and growth proposals for the area around the station – including new homes and jobs. We plan to work closely with the airport and the Urban Growth Company to deliver improved connectivity that will in turn drive economic growth for both the West Midlands and the country.”

Despite disagreements over whether it should be built at all preliminary work on the London-Birmingham HS2 line is now underway. Alongside the plans for the Interchange station the area around Birmingham Airport is already becoming a huge development hotspot and it is not difficult to foresee that it is likely to become a significant regional economic hub.

Source Birmingham Airport
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