A joint letter has been sent to the Prime Minister today (13th January) from Birmingham MPs urging him to deliver HS2.
The letter, signed by nine cross-party Birmingham MPs, has been co-ordinated by Birmingham Edgbaston MP for the Labour Party, Preet Kaur Gill.
It asks for HS2 to be delivered for the benefit of ‘Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK.'
The letter says that "[HS2] is a vital part of any re-balancing of the economy to ensure parts of the country which have been ignored have the necessary investment to not only create new jobs and drive economic growth but also increase connectivity, expand opportunities and transform the region."
“At a time when we need to act urgently to tackle climate change, HS2 will be an important component in and of itself as well as the knock-on impact of the increased capacity in existing lines for local routes (to encourage people to switch from their private vehicles), and rail freight (rather than lorries).
The MPs who signed the letter are:
Preet Kaur Gill - Birmingham Edgbaston MP
Liam Byrne - Birmingham Hodge Hill MP
Jack Dromey - Birmingham Erdington MP
Jess Phillips - Birmingham Yardley MP
Khalid Mahmood - Birmingham Perry Barr MP
Shabana Mahmood - Birmingham Ladywood MP
Steve McCabe - Birmingham Selly Oak MP
Andrew Mitchell - Sutton Coldfield MP
Gary Sambrook - Birmingham Northfield MP
“Investment in a state-of-the-art high speed line is critical for the UK’s low-carbon transport future, will provide much needed rail capacity up and down the country, and is integral to rail projects in the North and Midlands which will help rebalance the UK economy.”