High speed rail will reinforce West Midlands as beating heart of England


The government has today published their plans for a new high speed rail network.

The Transport Secretary Lord Adonis made a ministerial statement earlier today recommending a route for a new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham with a future extension to northern England and Scotland.

This is the kind of long term thinking that we need for the West Midlands.

A high speed rail station in the centre of Birmingham will be good for the city and a gateway to the region as a whole. Having an additional interchange station adjacent to the NEC and Birmingham airport will boost the profile of the West Midlands on the international stage.

It will reinforce our role as the beating heart of England and help us to reach our potential as a centre of innovation, technological excellence and tourism.

More information

  • You can read a copy of the government’s proposals online here
  • Or a summary of the proposals here
  • A leaflet is also available giving some key facts and answers to frequently asked questions on the proposed high speed line between London and Birmingham

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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