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Birmingham MPs urge Boris Johnson to deliver HS2

A joint letter has been sent to the Prime Minister today (13th January) from Birmingham MPs urging him to deliver HS2 Credit: Preet Kaur Gill MP

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).

In September last year some of us put forward evidence to the chair of the HS2 review and called on the delivery of the ‘promised benefits’ of HS2 and transport investment to Birmingham and the Midlands. We will not repeat that letter or the submission we made to the independent review, but we do hope you will take the time to consider it.

We know that HS2 is not without its problems and there are valid concerns about the escalating costs but we the undersigned believe the delivery of the project in full is vital.

We have already wasted 10 years since the HS2 plans were first proposed so following the conclusion of the independent review we are calling on you to act swiftly to begin delivering the infrastructure the region so desperately needs.”

– The latter part of the letter signed by Birmingham MPs

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.”

– An HS2 Ltd spokesman

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