'Back and build HS2', that's the message from businesses in the Border region to the government as it reviews its plans for high speed rail links between London and Scotland.
It comes after a government-commissioned review was launched which could lead to all or part of the network being scrapped.
The chairs of the [**Confederation of British Industry \(CBI\)**](http://‘Game-changer’ HS2 proposals could slash rail journey times, say backers) signed a statement claiming a scaled-back version “will not deliver the improved connectivity across the country that businesses are crying out for”.
Representatives of the North West, North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and London went on: “HS2 will bring benefits to local communities far beyond its costs."
The letter said: “It will create half a million jobs, stimulate house building along its route and support much-needed investment across the Midlands, North and beyond. It is the critical spine that will bring wider transport improvements like Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Rail Hub to life.”
It aims to make transport in between some of the UK's cities and towns much faster.