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Brum scores as national stadium site

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NEARLY 50% OF engineers believe the new national stadium should be in Birmingham rather than at Wembley, a poll conducted by NCE revealed this week.

Results from the NCE 500 - a panel of 500 engineers questioned by the magazine each week - show conclusive support for the Midlands bid.

This is despite last week's Transport for London report that concluded Wembley is the only site with the transport infrastructure to handle major events.

Commissioned by mayor Ken Livingstone, the report argues that the Birmingham site would take four hours to clear car parks on to the already congested motorway network.

Wembley, it is claimed, would only take one hour.

'Only Wembley can move large numbers of fans quickly and conveniently, thanks to the flexibility of its transport network, ' Livingstone said at the launch of the report.

A new £90M tube station is included in the Wembley bid, helping to deliver 68% of the stadium's capacity through public transport - compared with only 20% for Birmingham, the Livingstone report says.

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