Leader welcomes Osborne's New Street support

By on 22/06/2010 in News

The Leader of Birmingham City Council and Chair of the New Street Gateway Funders' Board, Cllr Mike Whitby, has welcomed the Chancellor's express backing for the New Street Gateway project during his emergency budget speech today.

The City Leader said: “I am delighted that George Osborne has recognised the strategic importance of the Gateway scheme and reiterated the Government's support for a project that is not only significant regionally and nationally but is also a statement about how Britain values good public transport infrastructure.

“This of course comes at a time when we are starting to see real progress on Phase 1 of the Gateway development, working towards a completion date of 2012 and final completion in 2015.

“As far as major capital projects go, this is hugely important because it will double passenger capacity and transform the station into a modern 21st Century landmark that underlines Birmingham's strong reputation as a place to visit and do business.”

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