In a visit to Birmingham Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, views the progress of Birmingham’s High Speed sites.
The West Midlands is one of the most intensive construction sections along the 140 mile London to Birmingham route.The area will benefit from two brand new stations and an infrastructure maintenance depot, creating jobs and opportunities for local people now and into the future.
Andrew Jones MP, transport minister said:
HS2 is an incredible project that will transform our railway network, boosting capacity on our busiest lines, better connecting Birmingham with large cities across the country and building the Midlands Engine. The scale of works happening in Birmingham show the huge progress being made on HS2; they also show first-hand the fantastic jobs and opportunities HS2 is providing people across the country; I cannot wait to see the results of further construction, and for this vital railway to become a reality.
Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd’s CEO said:
Curzon Street will be the cornerstone of the new railway, putting Birmingham at the heart of the network. The transformation around this area demonstrates exactly how Britain’s new high-speed railway will drive forward regeneration and economic growth across the West Midlands.
Across Phase One, we’ve now carried out environmental and ecological mitigation works, utility diversions, archaeology, demolition and land clearance works, all of which are drawing to a close ready for major construction works starting later this year.
Paul Faulkner, CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said:
HS2 is already playing a huge part of the Midlands’ success story, and when completed will add £14 billion to the West Midlands economy, supporting 100,000 jobs. Hundreds of Midlands businesses are already supporting the project, and there are more opportunities for firms across the region as the programme progresses.
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