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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A man who fell 100ft from the top floor of Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre remains in a critical condition today.
West Midlands officers who helped save the life of a father after he collapsed while running have been reunited with the grateful jogger.
"We are taking this incident very seriously and are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour."