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West Midlands transport projects mooted to maximise benefits of HS2

A series of projects have been proposed to improve connections to the West Midlands’ High Speed 2 stations.

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) suggested a range of schemes to ensure the region gets the maximum benefit when the rapid rail link runs through it from London to the North.

They called for line speed improvements on the Walsall to Rugeley line; electrification of the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton line; and improvements to the Snow Hill line.

A number of Sprint bus routes were also mooted in the Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, as well as station improvements and other works.

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said:“HS2 gives us a superb opportunity to secure first-class connectivity across the whole of the Midlands and that will create an economic powerhouse without equal in the UK regions.

“But to make these ambitious plans a reality, we must secure regional and national commitments, so honest engagement and partnership working will be critical.”

Sir David Higgins, chairman of project promoter HS2 Ltd, added:“The lasting impact and legacy of HS2 will be determined by how successfully local authorities and regions use it as a catalyst to transform their economies and develop the look and feel of the areas it touches.

“The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy is therefore hugely important for Birmingham and the Midlands, as it sets out a clear approach to maximising the opportunity to drive economic growth and provide real benefits to local people through access to jobs and skills.”

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