Chancellor in Birmingham to announce 8000 High Speed jobs

By on 27/01/2011 in News

 

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby today welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to Birmingham as the DfT unveiled the findings of a new study into the number of jobs which will be created in the region through High Speed 2 (HS2) plans.

In total more than 8,000 jobs are now expected to be created by the HS2 plans, through both direct employment in constructing and operating the network, and the wider economic benefits it will bring to the region.

Birmingham City Council is also continuing to lobby for the national engineering and maintenance depots to be based in the city, which would bring hundreds more jobs.

The Chancellor's visit comes ahead of the launch on February 28th of formal public consultation on the overall scheme, which will run to July 2011.

Greeting the Chancellor at Curzon Street Station, the proposed site of the Birmingham City Centre HS2 terminus, Councillor Mike Whitby, the regional High speed Rail champion said:

“Birmingham City Council was an early and influential backer of the HS2 proposals, which as these figures released today prove, will bring significant economic benefits to the city, region and wider national economy. As the Chancellor has said today this is a project that is of national importance.

 “For Birmingham, High Speed Rail will be transformational. The economic impact alone will be formidable - conservatively estimated to be around £1.2bn - whilst the reputational enhancement will also be considerable.

 “There is no doubt High Speed Rail will drive business growth for Birmingham by providing increased connections to other businesses and markets. It will be a vital weapon in our arsenal as we look to compete with Europe's leading cities, many of which already benefit from similar infrastructure.

 “High Speed Rail represents a significant step-change in the nation's transport infrastructure, and I am delighted that this journey will begin with a route between Birmingham and London.

 “Birmingham is committed to working closely in partnership with government to develop and move forward with High Speed Rail”.

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