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Birmingham bodies call for HS2 changes

Birmingham’s city council and airport are among several organisations that have made a formal bid for changes to the HS2 Bill.

A number of petitions have been submitted requesting the legislation behind the £43bn rail scheme be amended to improve links with other transport in the West Midlands city.

They called for high quality interchange facilities between the region’s existing rail stations and the two proposed HS2 stations, as well as a future link between the new high speed line and HS1 to Europe..

Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said: “HS2 can play a key role in securing the future economic prosperity of the West Midlands and we back the project 100 per cent.

“However, if we are to secure the maximum benefits possible from HS2 we need to make sure the project’s design best meets the needs of our region.”

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