An transport industry figure has told the Labour Party Conference HS2 is as vital to the West Midlands economy as Crossrail is to London.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of West Midlands regional transport authority Centro, said only HS2 could provide the step-change needed to provide jobs and growth, while meeting growing demand for rail and delivering international connectivity.
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