GBSLEP welcomes Government’s commitment to HS2 in Queen’s Speech

Posted by lepadmin - May 8, 2013 - Newsroom, Transport - No Comments
Andrew Cleaves, GBSLEP Board Director with responsibility for transport.

Andrew Cleaves, GBSLEP Board Director with responsibility for transport.

Following today’s announcement of two new bills regarding HS2 in the Queen’s Speech, Andrew Cleaves, GBSLEP Board Director with responsibility for transport, welcomed the legislation.

He said: “From the very beginning, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has been supportive of the Government’s creation of a high-speed rail network in the UK.

“The two Bills in the Queen’s Speech provide us with further confidence in the Government’s commitment to press ahead with the proposals and ensure the project is delivered on time.

“HS2 represents one of the most important opportunities we have in Greater Birmingham to bring about a step change in terms of jobs, connectivity and economic growth.

“We stand at the centre of a national network, providing us with an enviable level of connectivity with the north and south of the country as well as enhancing our international connectivity.

“HS2 will have a huge impact on our current local rail capacity challenges and provide the region with the opportunity to create new industry based on our strengths in advanced manufacturing.

“Of course, we do acknowledge that while the economic opportunities are huge, there will be challenges in some areas and the GBSLEP will continue to work with Government to minimise the social and environmental impact.

“The two Bills in the Queen’s Speech send out a strong message that the Government sees HS2 as a priority and we warmly welcome their commitment to this project.”