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The Derby South MP Margaret Beckett says the new £180 million contract with Southern Trains confirms the value and expertise of Derby based trainmakers Bombardier
The group responsible for bringing High Speed Rail to the Midlands have released this aerial picture of how the station on Curzon Street, Birmingham will look.
High Speed 2 will link London to Birmingham (phase 1) in under an hour and will be completed by 2026.
Phase two, between Birmingham and Manchester and Leeds, which runs through the East Midlands will be open in 2033.
The Department of Transport has released images of the new 800 series trains.
The new intercities will appear on the Great Western Line in Worcester from 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line which goes through Peterborough from 2018.
Birmingham City Council is setting up special committees to work with HS2 to ensure the West Midlands secures jobs to build the proposed line.
The HS2 board is meeting outside London for the first time.
It's chosen Birmingham because the city will be at the heart of HS2Phase 1 from London and Phase 2 to the north west and the east.
Bosses behind HS2 will be meeting in the Midlands today.
It's the first time they've gathered outside London.
They'll be meeting local business leaders and council representatives to discuss how the route will affect the region.
The Government has revealed it is investing more than a billion pounds in new trains for two of the main routes through the Midlands.
270 of the new 800 series train carriages have been ordered. Some of the new trains will service the East Midland Main Line which calls at Peterborough.
They will also be used on the Great Western Main Line and they will cut journey times between Worcester and London Paddington by 19 minutes.
The first batch of class 800 series trains will start running on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.
A company in the East Midlands has beaten Germany to a big contract to supply electric trains in a £180 million deal.
The Southern train company said it had chosen Derby-based Bombardier to supply 116 electric rolling stock vehicles for the Thameslink project.