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
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.